- Inventory number
- Teniers, David
- The Skittles Game
- Ca. 1645
- 42 cm x 71 cm
- Genre and Society
- On display
- Royal Collection (Collection of Isabel Farnesio, Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia; Buenavista Palace, Madrid, 1766; Collection of Carlos III; New Royal Palace, Madrid, “cuarto del infante don Javier”, 1772, n. 107; New Royal Palace, Madrid, 1794; Royal Palace, Madrid, “primer gabinete entrando por la pieza de vestir”, 1814, s. n.)
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 perspective leads to a background of landscape with a small village.
The presence of an obelisk is the most singular aspect of this painting in which Teniers repeats motives from other works, such as the group of drinkers in front of the door, or the figure leaning out of it.