Young Man Singing, Dirck van Baburen
Dirck van Baburen
Young Man Singing
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Dirck van Baburen

Young Man Singing, 1622

71 x 58.8 cm
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Oil on canvas
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Acquired in 2007 with means provided by the Hessische Kulturstiftung, Kulturstiftung der Länder and Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V., joint property with Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 6


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Executed immediately after van Baburen’s return from Rome, this painting is a masterpiece of northern European Caravaggism. The influence of the great Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio can be seen in the close-up view (the music book seems to protrude right into the viewer’s space), the cleverly chosen picture detail, the subject’s expressive pose and physiognomy, the costume, which is reminiscent of a theatrical character of the day, and the lighting, as powerful as it is sophisticated. This work is one of the earliest examples of the Netherlandish genre of half-length figures of musicians.

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Kunst|Stück – Dirck van Baburen: Singender junger Mann
Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Dirck van Baburen: Singender junger Mann, 1622, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main.

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