According to the famous art historian van Mander, Hans Jordaens was the pupil of Cornelis Cornelissen. However, it seeems likely that he was the son and pupil of Hans Jordaens II, who died in Antwerp in 1653. If so, it follows that the date of birth assigned to Hans Jordaens must be incorrect. On the 26th of November 1617 he married Maria van Dyck, the daughter of Siger van Dyck. She died in Antwerp in 1652.
Jordaens' work consisted mostly of landscape compositions with figures, usually in a mythological or religious setting. He was also known to have provided the staffage in paintings by other contemporary artists. In 1620 he is recorded as having been elected a member of the Masters' Guild of St. Luke in Antwerp.
Museums where examples of the artist's work can be seen include:
Antwerp, Budapest, St. Petersburg (Hermitage), The Hague and Vienna
Jordaens treated this subject several times with varying compositions. (See in particular examples in Berlin and the Hague). As well as the Crossing he painted a number of other stories surrounding the Exodus of the Isreaelites, notably 'The Destruction of the Egyptian Army in the Red Sea' and 'Moses striking the Rock'.