PALAMEDESZ., Anthonie
(b. 1601, Delft, d. 1673, Amsterdam)

An Officer Blowing a Trumpet

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Oil on panel, 38 x 31 cm cm
Private collection

The trumpeter's task in the Dutch army was to alert all the soldiers in the guardroom (cortegaard) to march out of the military unit following a commander's orders. This painting is an example of the many guardroom scenes painted by Anthonie Palamedesz. Note the so-called clarion flag hung from the instrument.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 4 minutes):
Giuseppe Aldrovandini: Sonata in D Major for two trumpets, strings and basso continuo