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The Old Man and the Maid
Teniers, David
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Teniers, David

Amberes, 1610 - Bruselas, 1690

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The Old Man and the Maid

Ca. 1650. Oil on canvas, 55 x 90 cm.

The story of an old man who tries to seduce a servant girl was customary in Flemish art and literature as a representation of senile love and as a criticism of behavior inappropriate for old age. Here, Teniers, who depicted this subject on various occasions, sets the scene in a stable, where a young woman is busy with her work when she is approached by the old man. The depiction of innumerable objects and fruit on the left is an example of Teniers' capacity to paint still lifes. The highly colorful objects and cloths, and the forceful use of light, which floods into the foreground, differentiate this work from his early indoor scenes. Still, he continues to use traditional elements, like the figure looking in the window, who here appears to be denouncing the decrepit seducer's inappropriate behavior. This work is listed at Madrid's Royal Palace in 1794, and may be the one on this subject that belonged to the Marquis of La Ensenada, a part of whose collection later went to Carlos III.


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Inventory number
Teniers, David
The Old Man and the Maid
Ca. 1650
High/Height: 55 cm.; Width: 90 cm.
Royal Collection (Collection of the Marquis of La Ensenada, Madrid; New Royal Palace, Madrid, “retrete del rey”, 1772, n. 194)

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, 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, pp. 398.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, La Escuela Flamenca del Siglo XVII, Ediciones Alfiz, Madrid, 1983, pp. 84.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 670.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado, Prensa Ibérica, Barcelona, 1996, pp. 1378.

Maurer, G., Goya: lo bello y lo recóndito. En: La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 285.

Mena, M. Albarrán, V., La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, folleto, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 35 n.154.

Mena Marqués, M. B., Albarrán, V., Azúa, F. de, La belleza cautiva. Pequeños tesoros del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado - Obra Social ''La Caixa'', Barcelona, 2014, pp. 138.

Prado captive beauty : treasures from the Prado Museum, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, 2015, pp. n55.

Other inventories +

Inv. Carlos III, Palacio Nuevo, 1772. Núm. 194.
Retrete del Rey [...] [12957] 194 / = Ensenada = Otra de vna caseria coon menaje de cocina y otros muebles en donde hay vna moza fregando y vn viejo que la toma las barbas de mas de vara de largo y tres quartas de caida original del mismo autor

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 1525.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1525.
D. Teniers. / 1525. El viejo y la criada. / El viejo festeja a la criada en un cuarto / ó cocina donde se ven un horno, un canasto de frutas, un mochuelo, una / porción de cacharros y otros utensi- / lios, un chiquero con un cerdo, varias / gallinas y el establo de las vacas. A la / ventana se asoma una vieja. / Alto 1 pie, 11 pulg, 6 lin; Ango 3 pie, 2 pulg, 6 lin.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1732.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 1799.

Exhibitions +

Captive Beauty. Treasures from The Prado Museum
10.10.2015 - 31.01.2016

La bellesa captiva. Petits tresors del Museo del Prado
16.07.2014 - 05.01.2015

Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum
16.07.2014 - 05.01.2015

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

Update date: 14-10-2016 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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