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The Guard-Room
Teniers the Younger, David
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Teniers the Younger, David

Antwerp, 1610 - Brussels, 1690

Teniers the Younger, David See author's file

The Guard-Room

1640 - 1650. Oil on copperplate.
Not on display

The foreground display of numerous military elements, banners, drums, cuirasses and weapons, leads to a genre painting showing some soldiers resting in the background. On the left of the composition, one of the pages works to hang up the soldiers' clothes. Here, as in his other works, Teniers shows his capacity to use light to achieve a perfect representation of the qualities of the objects depicted. At the same time, the semidarkness in most of the room relates this composition to the artist's habitual indoor scenes, which offer a very realistic view of everyday life in Flanders. There are several versions of this work, and some of its figures, including the page, are used by the author in other similar works, as well. This version was documented as part of Carlos IV's collection in the Casita del Príncipe at El Escorial in the late eighteenth century.

Technical data

Inventory number
Teniers the Younger, David
The Guard-Room
1640 - 1650
Height: 67 cm; Width: 52 cm
Royal Collection (Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Madrid, “tocador de la reina”, 1818, n. 84)

Bibliography +

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, Museo del Prado: catálogo de pinturas. Escuela flamenca, Museo del Prado; Patrimonio Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1975.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, La Escuela Flamenca del Siglo XVII, Ediciones Alfiz, Madrid, 1983, pp. 87.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 673.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. 753.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado, Prensa Ibérica, Barcelona, 1996, pp. 1342.

Picouet, Pierre, Les Tercios Espagnols 1600-1660, LRT Éditions, 2010.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1746.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2882.
2882. Una armería p.r alto, en cobre, de Teniers. / Alto 2 pies, 2 pulg; ancho 1 pie, 8 pulg.

Inv. Fernando VII, Aranjuez, 1814-1818. Núm. 84.
Tocador de la Reyna [...] {20810} lamina cuatro cuartas largo tres de ancho cuerpo de guardia armas tambor y arneses = Teniers

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower left corner

Inscribed in white. Front, lower left corner

Displayed objects +




Drum: Tambor de grandes dimensiones en primer plano. Membrana superior sujeta a un cuerpo aparentemente de madera con cuerdas en zig zag y remaches de cuero. Estos grandes tambores se representan en la pintura flamenca siempre desde esta perspectiva, permitiendo ver con detalle la membrana superior y los remaches que la sujetan.
Tambor bimembranófono característico del uso militar.

Cards, Playing

Lantern / Street Lamp: Aparece colgado del techo


Update date: 09-04-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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