Authors

David Teniers I, the Elder

Antwerp 1582 - Antwerp 1649

Born in Antwerp, he began his apprenticeship with his brother Julian who was ten years older than him. He visited and spent time in Rome, at the same time as P. P. Rubens, Peter Lastman and Jacob Pynas. In 1605 he could be found once again in Antwerp where he acquired the title of master of the St Lucas Guild. He got married in 1608 to a rich widow, in spite of which he couldn’t free himself of his financial difficulties. From his marriage with Dymphna de Wilde he had four children, all of them painters, the most famous being David Teniers II. His paintings of landscapes, religious and mythological scenes, marines and battles are very noteworthy. His work is marked by the influence of his friend and painter of German origin Adam Elsheimer (1578 - 1610). Exotic landscapes, soldiers wearing Spanish helmets, characters with bonnets adorned with elegant feathers, ruins, and above all the strong light effect, all characteristics of Elsheimer’s work, were adopted by David Teniers I. The embellished nature of the colours of the clothes and the poetry of his landscapes are typical features of both artists’ work. However, Teniers I stands out for his refined branches, the delicate leafiness, the depth of his landscapes and his diagonal rays of light, as well as his characters grouped in a one-dimensional composition. The ability to give the figurative scenes a single rear plane was unusual amongst the artists of the time.

The Adoration of the Magi

The Adoration of the Magi