DUYSTER, Willem Cornelisz.
(b. 1599, Amsterdam, d. 1635, Amsterdam)

Music-Making Couple

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Oil on oak, 43 x 36 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

In this painting a pensive, richly dressed young woman is listening to a lutenist who has his back to her. Rather than appearing to be a marital portrait, this picture may instead come closer to a genre scene.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 17 minutes):
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le bourgeois gentilhomme, suite