COSSIERS, Jan
(b. 1600, Antwerpen, d. 1671, Antwerpen)

The Passion of Christ

1655-56
Oil on canvas
Begijnhofkerk, Mechelen

After Rubens's death Cossiers executed numerous religious pieces for various churches in the Southern Netherlands. The later his work, the more intense the interpretation of feelings becomes, both in emotionally charged facial expressions and in meaningful gestures. The originally rather more Rubensian composition gives way to a more emotional setting. This development can be illustrated by the enormous Passion ensemble placed above the high altar in the Beguinage Church in Mechelen.