TENIERS, David the Younger
(b. 1610, Antwerpen, d. 1690, Bruxelles)

Twelfth-night (The King Drinks)

Oil on canvas, 58 x 70 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

This painting represents the popular custom at the Feast of the Three Kings (6 January), of proclaiming the person finding a bean hidden in his tart king for the evening and having him select his court from among those present.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 5 minutes):
Otto Nicolai: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor), drinking song