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The Guardhouse  1650

by David Teniers the Younger

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, ...
72.6 × 55.4 cm (28 9/16 × 21 13/16 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago