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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