The Guardhouse

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1640/50

Artist:

David Teniers, the Younger
Flemish, 1610-1690

About this artwork

The versatile Flemish painter David Teniers turned to military paraphernalia as the subject of his still lifes in the mid-1640s, as the long conflict of the Thirty Years’ War was drawing to a close. Here soldiers play cards in the dim interior of a guardhouse, while a page carries the officers’ cloaks. However, the chief subject of the work is the pile of discarded armor, weaponry, and parade gear—a saddle, musket, powder horn, charging spanner, and gauntlets—in the immediate foreground. In treating armor as a still-life subject, Teniers followed the precedent of Jan Breughel the Elder, whose daughter he had married.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 239

Artist

David Teniers, the younger

Title

The Guardhouse

Origin

Flanders

Date

1640–1650

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

72.6 × 55.4 cm (28 9/16 × 21 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Charles L. Hutchinson Collection

Reference Number

1894.1029

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