- Reference number
- Teniers, David (Flemish)
- The Archery Contest
- Ca. 1645
- 54 cm x 88 cm
- On display
- Colección Real (colección Isabel Farnesio, Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Madrid, dormitorio de sus majestades, 1746, nº 442; llevado a Madrid en 1759; Palacio de Buenavista, Madrid, 1766, nº 442; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, gabinete colgado de verde, 1772, nº 442; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, cuarto del rey-retrete, 1794, s. n.).
A group of villagers pass the time by testing their aim with a bow. One shoots at the target placed in the ruins of a wall while the others look on, standing or sitting, and a small group converse.
The horizontal layout of this composition is more pronounced than in other scenes by this painter, which reinforces the idea of movement in the event. Stylistic motives like the evening light that floods the scene and the uniform overall tonality for the entire work indicate that it was probably painted around 1645.
There are numerous replicas, versions and engravings of this activity that was already made popular by Pieter Brueghel “the Elder” (Ca. 1525-1530-1569).
This work was documented in 1746 as part of Queen Isabel de Farnesio's collection at the La Granja Palace.