Jan Steen's Histories

6 videos

 

Jan Steen’s Histories looks at the little-known part of Jan Steen’s oeuvre: the history paintings. Until the mid-eighteenth century, these paintings were among Steen’s most expensive works. But as time went on, their value diminished, presumably because their humorous character became increasingly unfashionable. It would be no exaggeration to say that the history paintings form a misunderstood part of Steen’s oeuvre to this day.

Steen depicted a broad range of subjects taken from the Bible, apocryphal writings and classical mythology, which he depicted in a highly original way. In a short series of 5 episodes, these history pieces by Jan Steen are discussed from different perspectives.

6 episodes of Jan Steen's Histories

  • Jan Steen's Histories - Special: Rediscovered Jan Steen

    Jan Steen is best known as a painter of chaotic and disorderly scenes of everyday life, which gave rise to the popular Dutch proverb ‘a Jan Steen household’. But he also painted very different subjects: stories from the Bible, mythology and antiquity.

  • Jan Steen’s Histories - The pub

    Jan Steen is best known as a painter of chaotic and disorderly scenes of everyday life, which gave rise to the popular Dutch proverb ‘a Jan Steen household’. But he also painted very different subjects: stories from the Bible, mythology and antiquity.

  • Jan Steen's Histories - The pastor

    Jan Steen is best known as a painter of chaotic and disorderly scenes of everyday life, which gave rise to the popular Dutch proverb ‘a Jan Steen household’. But he also painted very different subjects: stories from the Bible, mythology and antiquity.

  • Jan Steen’s Histories - The Academy

    Jan Steen is best known as a painter of chaotic and disorderly scenes of everyday life, which gave rise to the popular Dutch proverb ‘a Jan Steen household’. But he also painted very different subjects: stories from the Bible, mythology and antiquity.

  • Jan Steen’s Histories - The photographer

    Jan Steen is best known as a painter of chaotic and disorderly scenes of everyday life, which gave rise to the popular Dutch proverb ‘a Jan Steen household’. But he also painted very different subjects: stories from the Bible, mythology and antiquity.

  • Jan Steen’s Histories - Introduction

    Jan Steen is best known as a painter of chaotic and disorderly scenes of everyday life, which gave rise to the popular Dutch proverb ‘a Jan Steen household’. But he also painted very different subjects: stories from the Bible, classical mythology and antiquity.