A Baptism in Flanders in the 18th Century

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Artist / maker

Félix De Vigne (painters (artists))

Date

1862

Period

19th century
Felix De Vigne belonged to a famous family of artists in Ghent. He not only painted portraits and historical works but was also an historian. Amongst other things he wrote a guide to medieval costume, which he illustrated himself. In A Baptism in Flanders in the 18th Century, De Vigne tried to go back to the past. The figures are…
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Felix De Vigne belonged to a famous family of artists in Ghent. He not only painted portraits and historical works but was also an historian. Amongst other things he wrote a guide to medieval costume, which he illustrated himself. In A Baptism in Flanders in the 18th Century, De Vigne tried to go back to the past. The figures are dressed in keeping with eighteenth-century fashions. The family of the child that has just been baptised are members of the wealthy middle class. The artist has contrasted them with a group of homeless people on the left of the painting. The contrast between rich and poor is a recurring theme in nineteenth-century art. The detailed portrayal of the figures and their social world and the narrative element contribute towards the realism of the scene.
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Features
Artist / maker Félix De Vigne VIAF RKD Wikidata
Type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Category paintings (visual works)
Materials oil paint , canvas
Dimensions 79.9 x 127.7 cm
Location Work on display
Object number 1909-B
Description
Subject history paintings
Tags geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (FLANDERS) Iconclass, geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (BELGIUM) Iconclass, city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass, city-view in general; 'veduta' Iconclass, prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass, baptism, christening ceremony ~ the first of the seven sacraments - QQ - baptism in the open air Iconclass, baptism, christening gown Iconclass, godfather and godmother Iconclass, family group, especially parents with their child(ren) Iconclass, father and child(ren), man and child(ren) (family group) Iconclass, mother and child(ren), woman and child(ren) (family group) Iconclass, mother and baby or young child Iconclass, mother-love Iconclass, motherhood Iconclass, infant, baby ~ the ages of man Iconclass, child Iconclass, boy (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass, girl (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass, (playing with) toys Iconclass, mother (first degree family relationships) Iconclass, father (first degree family relationships) Iconclass, female sex; woman Iconclass, adult woman Iconclass, male sex; man Iconclass, adult man Iconclass, standing figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass, standing figure Iconclass, snuff Iconclass, snuff-box Iconclass, walking arm in arm Iconclass, walking Iconclass, walking-stick, staff, cane Iconclass, hand-cart Iconclass, moving (house) Iconclass, the poor Iconclass, the rich Iconclass, housing Iconclass, civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass, hotel, i.e. small palace in city Iconclass, urban housing Iconclass, detached house in city Iconclass, church (exterior) Iconclass, trees Iconclass, groups of trees Iconclass, modern division of historical epochs ~ centuries (18) Iconclass, Maidenhood Iconclass, Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
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