These two small paintings are copies of Italian works. The scene of blind people stumbling into a hole is copied from a painting by Domenico Fetti, and the painting of Venus and Cupid from a work by Paris Bordone.

Teniers made the copies so that etchings could be made from them. They were intended for his Theatrum Pictorium, a book about Italian paintings in the archducal collection in Brussels.


  • Title: The Blind Leading the Blind
  • Creator: Teniers the Younger, David
  • Date Created: c. 1655
  • Physical Dimensions: h17 cm x w23 cm
  • Provenance: Probably in the artist's studio estate; John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Castle, near Woodstock, Oxfordshire; sale London, 26 June 1886, lot 178-179 (with inv. no. 1161); Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd., London; Maison Artz, The Hague; Mr. Dr. J.C. Overvoorde (1865-1930), Wassenaar; gift of his widow, J. Overvoorde-Gordon, to the Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, 1939 (inv. no. S 642); on long-term loan to the Mauritshuis, since 2009
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel

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