JANSSENS, Jan Willem
(b. 1590, Ghent, d. ca. 1650, Ghent)

The Annunciation

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Oil on canvas, 258 x 222 cm
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent

Rubens was not the only influential artist in the Low Countries in the 17th century. A significant number of artists clung on to the principles of realism, while also embracing the dramatic lighting effects of Caravaggio. One among them was Jan Janssens. His Annunciation is a pure example of Caravaggism characterized by simple, sharply outlined shapes and strong, theatrical lighting effects.