Daniel in the Lions' Den

David Teniers the Younger, Daniel in the Lions' Den, circa 1650. Oil on panel,  National Museum in Warsaw.

David Teniers the Younger (1610–90) was a 17th-century Flemish painter born in Antwerp. He was named a master artist of the Guild of St. Luke, an association named for Luke the Evangelist, the patron saint of artists. Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, then governor of the Spanish Netherlands, commissioned Teniers as a court painter and curator of his art collection. In this work, Teniers sets the story of Daniel in a darkened, cavelike den with a horde of lions strewn throughout the composition. Daniel is difficult for the eye to locate, obscured in the illuminated mouth of the cave. The sunlight highlights Daniel in the yawning mouth of the cave, as though the cave itself is devouring him.

 

Daniel in the Lions’ Den

A person deemed holy by a religious tradition, especially in Roman Catholicism.

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