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Teniers, David Ii, the Younger

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI:
Teniers, David Ii, the Younger

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Flemish School, 17th century, male.

Born 1610, in Antwerp, baptised 15 December 1610; died 25 April 1690, in Brussels.

Painter, engraver. Religious subjects, genre scenes, rustic scenes, local scenes, interiors with figures, figures, portraits, landscapes.

Antwerp School.

The eldest of the four sons of David Teniers the Elder and Dymphna Wylde, David Teniers was his father's student. According to tradition he was also a student of Rubens and Brouwer but there is no proof of this. Tradition also portrays his early life as an artist as beset by difficulties, possibly as a consequence of his father's financial troubles. Be that as it may, if this painter had to struggle to achieve his position it was not for long. He became a master in the Antwerp guild in 1633 and on 4 July 1637 he married Anne Brueghel, daughter of Jan ('The Velvet') Brueghel. The marriage brought him a dowry, an allowance and above all the close friendship of Peter Paul Rubens. By 1644 David Teniers II was dean of the St Luke guild in Antwerp. Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, appointed governor of the Spanish Netherlands in 1647, was a powerful patron of Teniers and appointed him court painter, 'ayuda de cámara' or valet and custodian of his art collection. About 1655 Teniers made copies of 243 Italian paintings from the Archduke's collection which contained over 500 works. These copies were used to make engravings which were brought together in the work ...

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Subjects: Painting ; Prints and Printmaking ; Religious Art ; Christian Art

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