These two small paintings are copies of Italian works. The scene of blind people stumbling into a hole is copied from a painting by Domenico Fetti, and the painting of Venus and Cupid from a work by Paris Bordone.
Teniers made the copies so that etchings could be made from them. They were intended for his Theatrum Pictorium, a book about Italian paintings in the archducal collection in Brussels.
David Teniers the Younger (Antwerp 1610 - 1690 Brussels)
Venus and Cupid
Materiale e dettagli tecnici
23 x 17 cm
op de achterzijde: Paris Bordone . pi.
Probably in the artist's studio estate; John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Castle, near Woodstock, Oxfordshire; sale London, 26 June 1886, lot 178-179 (with inv. no. 1161); Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd., London; Maison Artz, The Hague; Mr. Dr. J.C. Overvoorde (1865-1930), Wassenaar; gift of his widow, J. Overvoorde-Gordon to the Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden (inv. no. S 643), 1939; on loan to the Mauritshuis, since 2009
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