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Cornelis Bega, Lute Player

Bega, Cornelis (1631/32 Haarlem 1664). The Lute Player. Steel engraving by Albert Henry Payne (London 1812 – Leipsic 1902). 3rd quarter of the 19th century. 6⅞ × 5⅛ in (17.5 × 13.1 cm).

“ A number of Dutch paintings featur(e) the lute as a kind of moral symbol. Though moral symbol of WHAT sometimes needs further decoding, since many of them seem to be set in brothels where the lute appears to stand for sensuality and specifically female sensuality.

However, equally often, the lute represents domestic harmony or, more prosaically, well-ordered scenes of domestic music making … ”

(David van Edwards, Lute of the Month, March 2001).

Offer no. 11,858 / EUR  50. (c. US$ 58.) + shipping


“ Received the 2 parcels yesterday in A. M. I am very pleased with the books as well as the condition of them. Thank you again … I hope we can do business again in the near future ”

(Mr. L. A. F., March 11 and 1 resp., 2001)