As the Old Sing So the Young Pipe: Jacob Jordaens

Jacob Jordaens: As the Old Sing So the Young Pipe

As the Old Sing So the Young Pipe is a good-humoured genre scene by Flemish Painter Jacob Jordaens from around 1638-40 where the artist shows us three children playing along to the song of the adults. Humorous too, is the swaddled child on the right using a spoon for a flute in imitation. The presence of the proverbially wise owl seems to say to us that human community is the essence of the good life.

Jacob Jordaens’ As the Old Sing So the Young Pipe is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Valenciennes, Northern France

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