The National Museum of Western Art

update 03 July 2017

Currently not on display

David Teniers, the Elder [1582 - 1649]

Venus Visiting Vulcan’s Forge

Materials/Techniquesoil on copper
Size (cm)47 x 60
InscriptionsSigned and dated lower right: D. TENIERS. F. 1638
Credit LinePurchased
Collection NumberP.1991-0001
Venus Visiting Vulcan’s Forge

Teniers the elder was the father of the famous artist of the same name and excelled at the creation of small scale paintings. This work shows the god of metallurgy, Vulcan, as he is visited by Venus, who has come to order armor for her son Aeneas. The metallic armor, the rocky face of the cave and the movement of the smoke all reveal Teniers' superior sense of object and his remarkable ability to create atmosphere. (Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)


Coll. Jan de Maere, Brussels; Purchased by the NMWA, 1991.

Exhibition History

The Golden Age of Flemish Painting, Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 1988 - 1988, pp. 79-80
[Exhibition for Children] Every Picture Tells a Story, Tokyo National Museum, 1 July 1997 - 31 August 1997


Klinge, Margret. David Teniers the Younger, Paintings, Drawings (exh. cat.). Antwerp, 1991, pp. 42-43, fig. 8c.
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. Nos. 25-26 (April 1990-March 1992), 1994, Nakamura, Toshiharu. New Acquisitions. David ⅠTeniers, 《Venus Visiting Vulcan's Forge》. pp. 9-11, List of the Acquisitions. p. 48, col. repr.

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