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The Kitchen
Oil on panel. 1643
Teniers The Younger, David
The Kitchen
Oil on panel. 1643
Teniers The Younger, David

This is a singular example of David Teniers´ indoor scenes. The kitchen or tavern utensils so common in his other works are completed here with a magnificent show of diverse fruit and vegetables. This converts the right part of the composition into a still life. On the left, a character shells mussels, a traditional foodstuff in the Low Countries, while another group works beside the fireplace. Th

The merry Soldier
Oil on panel. 1631 - 1640
Teniers The Younger, David
The merry Soldier
Oil on panel. 1631 - 1640
Teniers The Younger, David

A male figure smokes and drinks, directing an expressive glace at the viewer. Behind him, a companion is inside a tavern filled with vats, basins and barrels. The protagonist has been identified as a soldier on leave after a campaign, but this is also a representation of everyday life in Flanders. Illustrations of people enjoying the pleasures of alcohol or tobacco were quite customary in the work

Country Celebration
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1650
Teniers The Younger, David
Country Celebration
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1650
Teniers The Younger, David

Peasants or villagers hold a feast in front of a tavern or inn, recognizable by its red flag. They drink, eat and dance to the music of a bagpiper standing on a barrel. On the left, various distinguished personages, who stand out because of their different clothing, look on with a combination of curiosity and indifference. A large church in the background indicates there is a town nearby. On the b

The King drinks
Oil on copperplate. 1650 - 1660
Teniers The Younger, David
The King drinks
Oil on copperplate. 1650 - 1660
Teniers The Younger, David

This work depicts the feast of Epiphany, as can be seen by the crown on the central figure, whose paintings show an Adoration of the Magi. According to Flemish folk tradition, in this feast, the king of the celebration is chosen by chance, being the one who finds a bean in his cake. Other Flemish artists, such as Jordaens, depicted this celebration in the same way, reflecting its most festive mome

Villagers conversing
Oil on panel. 1640 - 1650
Teniers The Younger, David
Villagers conversing
Oil on panel. 1640 - 1650
Teniers The Younger, David

Some villagers converse while going about their peasant tasks. This work is one of the rural scenes showing everyday life in the Flemish countryside, of which Teniers made many, especially during the sixteen forties, when he gradually abandoned the indoor scenes that had also made him famous. The presence of a block in the foreground —in this case, a house— and a perspective of the lan

The Guard-Room
Oil on copperplate. 1640 - 1650
Teniers The Younger, David
The Guard-Room
Oil on copperplate. 1640 - 1650
Teniers The Younger, David

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 depict

The Temptations of Saint Anthony the Abbot
Oil on panel. 1647
Teniers The Younger, David
The Temptations of Saint Anthony the Abbot
Oil on panel. 1647
Teniers The Younger, David

The Archduke Leopold William in his Picture Gallery in Brussels
Oil on copperplate. 1647 - 1651
Teniers The Younger, David
The Archduke Leopold William in his Picture Gallery in Brussels
Oil on copperplate. 1647 - 1651
Teniers The Younger, David

Depictions of painting galleries became popular in the Netherlands at the beginning of the 17th century. The exhibition of paintings and other artistic or natural objects was originally a way of manifesting the high social standing of an eminently bourgeois class with a strong desire to ennoble itself. In many cases, the paintings did not rigorously reflect the client’s collection, but served inst

Monkeys in a Tavern
Oil on panel. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David
Monkeys in a Tavern
Oil on panel. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David

This work is part of the series of six panels of monkey scenes in the Museo Nacional del Prado (from P01805 to P01810). The subject matter has been associated with human foolishness since the Middle Ages and is drawn from the oeuvre of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Peter van der Borcht. Teniers successfully captures the ambivalence of mankind in its animal nature. A group plays cards in the foreg

The Monkey Sculptor
Oil on panel. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David
The Monkey Sculptor
Oil on panel. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David

A monkey dressed as a sculptor works in his studio, making a statue of a satyr while another helps him and a third, dressed in elegant clothes, watches his work attentively. Other works by the artist are visible in the background, including the tomb of another simian. This work is paired with The Monkey Painter (P01805) and both offer Tenier´s critical vision of merely imitative artistic activity.

Village Festival and Feast
Oil on canvas. 1637
Teniers The Younger, David
Village Festival and Feast
Oil on canvas. 1637
Teniers The Younger, David

The Bowling Game
Oil on panel. Ca. 1645
Teniers The Younger, David
The Bowling Game
Oil on panel. Ca. 1645
Teniers The Younger, David

As part of his many genre scenes, Teniers frequently depicted players of skittles or other peasant games, such as bocce, which were very popular entertainment in seventeenth-century Flanders. The compositional scheme used by Teniers is similar to other works by him. At one end, the volumes of the houses serve as a backdrop for the scene, at the other, separated here by an earthen mound, the perspe

Monkeys at School
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David
Monkeys at School
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David

This work is part of the series of six panels of monkey scenes in the Museo Nacional del Prado (from P01805 to P01810). The subject matter has been associated with human foolishness since the Middle Ages and is drawn from the oeuvre of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Peter van der Borcht. Teniers successfully captures the ambivalence of mankind in its animal nature. The teacher is punishing one of i

The Alchemist
Oil on panel. 1631 - 1640
Teniers The Younger, David
The Alchemist
Oil on panel. 1631 - 1640
Teniers The Younger, David

And alchemist, recognizable by his characteristic cap, fans the fire in his laboratory. The presence of books, flasks and other instruments in the foreground reveal his pseudo-scientific activity. In the background, a group of three figures of a certain social standing appear to be discussing the subject from a theoretical standpoint. This work is paired with A Surgical Operation (P01803) and both

Landscape with Gypsies
Oil on canvas. 1641 - 1645
Teniers The Younger, David
Landscape with Gypsies
Oil on canvas. 1641 - 1645
Teniers The Younger, David

At the foot of several boulders that border a path, a group of three gypsies and a child wait while another gypsy tells his fortune to a peasant. On the other side of the path, a peasant couple contemplates the scene. The setting opens up in the centre towards distant mountains. The clouds appear to repeat the morphology of the boulders, the mountains and the tree branches that frame the scene on

Monkeys smoking and drinking
Oil on panel. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David
Monkeys smoking and drinking
Oil on panel. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David

This work is part of the series of six panels of monkey scenes in the Museo Nacional del Prado (from P01805 to P01810). The subject matter has been associated with human foolishness since the Middle Ages and is drawn from the oeuvre of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Peter van der Borcht. Teniers successfully captures the ambivalence of mankind in its animal nature. Four apes are smoking around a ta

The Monkey Painter
Oil on panel. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David
The Monkey Painter
Oil on panel. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David

The teacher at this money school punishes one of the students while another seems to be interceding on his behalf. Behind, the rest of the students look on in fear from their tables. This is a criticism of the bad social attitudes whose stupidity and lack of rational thought is symbolized here by monkeys. Teniers dealt with this matter on several occasions. In the present example, he is clearly cr

The Monkeys’ Banquet
Oil on panel. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David
The Monkeys’ Banquet
Oil on panel. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David

This work is part of the series of six panels of monkey scenes in the Museo Nacional del Prado (from P01805 to P01810). The subject matter has been associated with human foolishness since the Middle Ages and is drawn from the oeuvre of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Peter van der Borcht. Teniers successfully captures the ambivalence of mankind in its animal nature. Apes, grouped or dispersed, are e

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