Musical Scene

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In 17th-century Holland, scenes of men and women playing music together often had amorous connotations.


The Utrecht artist Gerrit van Honthorst was internationally known as a portrait painter, but he also gained a reputation as a painter of raucous musical scenes and parties. This drawing was once part of an album of compositional types that the artist showed to prospective patrons. Though the cheerful theme of a man and a woman sharing a song seems innocent, such unions often had amorous or lascivious connotations in 17th-century Holland.
Musical Scene

Musical Scene


Gerrit van Honthorst

(Dutch, 1590–1656)

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