Guardroom with the Deliverance of Saint Peter

Artist: David Teniers the Younger (Flemish, Antwerp 1610–1690 Brussels)

Date: ca. 1645–47

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 21 3/4 x 29 7/8 in. (55.2 x 75.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Edith Neuman de Végvár, in honor of her husband, Charles Neuman de Végvár, 1964

Accession Number: 64.65.5


Teniers’s talents as a still life painter, observer of folksy figures, and popular moralist are amply evident in this well preserved panel. By including Saint Peter in prison (Acts 12:5–11) as a background scene, the artist makes a pointed comparison between everyday life in his own time and that of King Herod.