LOO, Carle van
(b. 1705, Nice, d. 1765, Paris)

The Grand Turk Giving a Concert to his Mistress

1737
Oil on canvas, 73 x 91 cm
Wallace Collection, London

The harpsichordist is identified as the artist's wife, Christina Somnis, a singer of high reputation in her day; the musical score is that of Handel's new oratorio Admeto.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 12 minutes):
George Frideric Handel: Samson, Part 1 Sinfonia, recitative and chorus