The Temptation of St. Anthony
- (after 1640), oil on oak
- 20.7 x 32.1 in. (52.5 x 81.5 cm.)
- Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne
The pigs in these two similar works immediately above and below are a bit hard to find, so close-ups of the pigs are included here. Both pigs are peeking out of the doorway of St. Anthony’s small dwelling (or is it a pigsty?).
Here is a close up of the pig above:
About the Artist
David Teniers the Younger, Flemish, (1610-1690). David Teniers, the Younger (aka: David Teniers II) was one of the most prolific and best known of 17th century Flemish painters of the Baroque period. He is best known for his genre scenes of peasant life, village fairs and rural landscapes (where pigs were a common component).
Other favorite subjects of Teniers included various scenes of the temptations or trials of St. Anthony, as well as depictions of ghosts, witches, alchemists and scenes from mythology. Many of Teniers works were subsequently used for tapestry or engraving designs in the 18th century.
David Teniers was the son and pupil of David Teniers the Elder. In 1637 he married Anna, daughter of the painter Brueghel, Pieter, the Elder. He was also the court painter and keeper of the art collections to the archduke Leopold William.