Return to Previous Page

Lute Player

Known in many versions

Theodor Rombouts, Flemish (active Antwerp and Italy), 1597? - 1637

Geography:
Made in Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium), Europe

Date:
c. 1620

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
43 3/4 x 39 1/4 inches (111.1 x 99.7 cm) Frame: 49 3/4 x 45 x 3 inches (126.4 x 114.3 x 7.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

* Gallery 264, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 679

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

Social Tags [?]

baroque [x]   caravaggesque [x]   caravaggio [x]   carpet [x]   feathers [x]   genre scene [x]   hat [x]   instrument [x]   music [x]   score [x]   senses [x]   still-life [x]  


[Add Your Own Tags]

Label:
Lute players were often ridiculed for the inordinate amount of time they devoted to tuning their instruments. The intense look of this street musician seems to underscore the difficulty of the task and suggest that perhaps more than musical harmony is at stake. Showing a musical instrument being tuned was a veiled reference to striving for harmony in love. Stringed instruments could also symbolize temperance, especially when shown in the company of a tankard and a pipe, as here.


* Works in the collection are moved off view for many different reasons. Although gallery locations on the website are updated regularly, there is no guarantee that this object will be on display on the day of your visit.

Return to Previous Page