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

Peasants Playing Nine-Pins

c. 1645
Oil on oak panel, 48 x 60 cm
Private collection

This genre picture represents peasants playing nine-pins outside an inn, the city of Antwerp in the distance. In a peaceful setting on a rise on the outskirts of Antwerp, the first of three players takes aim at the nine skittles, or pins, ahead of him, while his opponents wait patiently behind.