TENIERS, David the Elder
(b. 1582, Antwerpen, d. 1649, Antwerpen)
Miracle of St Paul on the Island of Malta1620-23
Oil on panel, 54 x 83 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
David Teniers the Elder is indebted to Adam Elsheimer, whom he must have known in Rome during his stay there, at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Elsheimer's influence is strikingly obvious in a number of paintings dating between 1606 and the 1620s, with biblical, mythological and allegorical subjects, such as the Miracle of St Paul on the Island of Malta. It is evident in the classicist landscapes structured with the large stands of trees or massive crags, in the picturesque and colourful figures in oriental dress.