TENIERS, David the Younger
(b. 1610, Antwerpen, d. 1690, Bruxelles)
The Art Collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in Brusselsc. 1651
Oil on canvas, 123 x 165 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
The huge collection owned by Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria (1614-1662), Governor of the Spanish Netherlands from 1646 to 1656, was dominated by 16th-century Italian painting but contained a fair proportion of contemporary Flemish works by Van Dyck, Rubens, and others. When he stepped down as governor, he took his collection back to Austria where it is now the nucleus of the collections of paintings in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.