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David Teniers the Younger, an outstanding Flemish painter of the 17th century, was born in 1610 in Antwerp. The financial difficulties of his father, according to researchers, on the one hand, caused the rather difficult young years of the future master, and on the other, prompted him to start earning bread on his own creativity early and gain recognition. However, an important contribution to the success of David was made by his very successful marriage at the age of twenty-seven to the daughter of the famous painter Jan Brueghel the Elder, Anna Brueghel. She was also an artist, a student of Rubens himself, and the marriage helped Teniers win the patronage of the master, which later grew into a strong friendship.
In 1644, David took a position in the Guild of Antwerp artists - the Guild of St. Luke and gradually gained fame in local circles of artists and connoisseurs of painting. The viceroy of the Spanish Netherlands, Archduke Leopold Wilhelm began to patronize Teniers and in 1651 invited him to his Codenberg palace. Teniers became a court painter and keeper of an extensive gallery. One of David's most famous paintings depicts both of them against the backdrop of numerous canvases from the Archduke's collection. Incidentally, Teniers was tasked with publishing an album of 244 prints, which were reproductions of paintings from this collection. The album was published in 1658 and was the first ever illustrated catalog of a private art collection.
In the following years, Teniers worked extensively and successfully on order. Among his most famous customers were King Philip IV of Spain and the Netherlands stalter, William II of Orange. The artist even tried to achieve a noble title for himself, but to no avail.
In 1656, the artist was widowed. Six months later, he again married Isabella de Fren, who was the sister of the consul of Brabant. In 1662, David acquired his own castle near the town of Vilvoorde.
Teniers played a very significant role in the founding of the Antwerp Academy of Arts, and in 1663 became its first rector. At the same time, he won the long-awaited noble title and since then has ceased to charge for his canvases.
At the end of his life, the artist suffered from numerous diseases. In addition, children from their second marriage after the death of their mother in 1683 initiated a long-term lawsuit against their father, which did not end even after the death of the artist in 1690.