Village Feast - David Teniers II - circa 1650

Village Feast

Artist: 
David Teniers II
Dated: 
circa 1650
Material : 
oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
98.0 cm x 53.0 cm
Inventory number: 
77.132
Museum:
Museum Rockoxhuis
Subcategory:
17th century
Type:
Painting

Teniers promotes the tradition of the Brueghel dynasty and sought inspiration in the rural life. This village feast portrays celebrating farmers, somewhat romanticised and idyllically presented. Teniers lived in a time in which morality lessons were very popular, especially with relation to the allusion of the temporal nature of earthly existence. On a small lean-to on the inn we see a horse’s skull depicted. In general, a skull was seen as a symbol of temporality of things; a horse’s skull, from which the lower jaw is missing, indicated unbridled festivity, foolishness and ignorance.