Bernardo Strozzi, Lute Player

Strozzi, Bernardo (called il Cappuccino, Genoa 1581 – Venice 1644). (The Lute Player.) Half-length figure. On the table his music book. Steel engraving by Albert Henry Payne (London 1812 – Leipsic 1902). 3rd quarter of the 19th century. 6⅞ × 4¾ in (17.4 × 12.1 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. 11,853 / EUR  50. (c. US$ 60.) + shipping

“ The prints arrived safely. What is your return policy? My boss, doesn’t like the images, which I understand is subjective (– probably in reaction on the 11th September –) and no reflection on the condition or any representations you made. Sorry to bother you with this ”

(Mrs. A. P., September 26, 2001)