(b. ca. 1500, Lodi, d. ca. 1561, Lodi)

The Concert

Oil on panel, 91 x 91 cm
Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Callisto Piazza spent his formative years in Brescia, where he was deeply influenced by both Romanino and Moretto. This Concert, one of his greatest secular work, is a prime early example of a genre extremely popular in northern Italy. It shows a group of six men and women singing and playing instruments that include two recorders, a lyra da braccio, and a lute.Before them are two open part books, whose musical notations are largely legible.

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