(Dutch, c. 1595–1624)
Oil on canvas
80.4 x 67.1 cm (31 5/8 x 26 7/16 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2018.25
Other paintings by Utrecht artists feature the same model, whose extravagant mustache and broken tooth make him instantly recognizable.
Baburen, a native of Utrecht, was among the first to introduce Caravaggio’s revolutionary style to the Netherlands. Half-length figures positioned close to the picture plane project a lively spontaneity. This musician’s loose, colorful dress marks him as a figure at the edges of society, unbound by behavioral norms—associations enhanced by his bold gaze, unshaven face, and cheeky grin complete with broken tooth.
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