17th century Antwerp school, monogrammed. Monks Praying in an Idealized Landscape Attributed to David Téniers the Younger
Oil on panel 32 cm by 27 cm
Very beautiful old 17th century frame 64 cm by 59 cm
Our table is monogrammed at the bottom left, the first partially erased letter seems to be the D with an interlaced t and the second an F for fecit. It is one of the ways of David Téniers the younger to sign (DF with a t in the D). However, I offer this painting as from the painter's studio. Note this magnificent landscape in the background and the representation of vegetables in the foreground, the whole is of great finesse.
David Téniers the Younger (1610; 1690)
Famous as a genre painter, he also devoted himself to portraiture, landscape and history painting: "He got his genius from nature, his taste from his father, and his perfection from Rubens." Several thousand works can be attributed to him, and his virtuosity was immense. Numerous tapestries, both Flemish and French, and large series of engravings have disclosed his works and with them his influence, until today.
He is the son of David Téniers the elder. He received his first painting lessons from his father, but associating with Adriaen Brouwer exercised an important influence over him.
In 1632, he became a member of the Antwerp guild, as a specialist in small religious formats and genre paintings. He then became friends with Jan Brueghel the so-called Velvet Elder, and in 1637 he married his daughter Anne for the first time. At that time he received several public subsidies including those of the office of Master of the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church of Saint-Jacques, and Dean of the Guild of Saint-Luc.
In 1647 he worked for Archduke Leopold William of Habsburg, when he administered the Spanish Netherlands, and he followed him to Brussels as a court painter in 1651.
His work for Leopold-Guillaume earned him immense success with foreign rulers, such as Prince William II of Orange, Queen Christine of Sweden and King Philip IV of Spain.
He remarried in 1656 with Isabelle de Fren, by whom he had four children.
In 1663, he was ennobled and obtained the right to found an Academy of Art in Antwerp.
He is the father of the painter David Téniers III