Neer, Eglon Hendrick van der (Amsterdam 1635/36 – Dusseldorf 1703). The Lute Player. Steel engraving by Albert Henry Payne (London 1812 – Leipsic 1902). C. 1850. Inscribed: E. v. d. Neer pinx. / A. H. Payne sc., otherwise in English-German-Czech as above. 7½ × 5⅜ in (19 × 13.6 cm).
Gabriel Metsu, The Cithern PlayerUntil the end of World War II in Dresden and then presumably removed to Russia, the painting (Schavemaker 9) is a partial copy of Gabriel Metsu’s A Man and a Woman Tuning a Cithern in Cassel-Wilhelmshöhe, by which only the lady’s deportment and look become understandable.
Pupil of his father Aert, since 1695 patronized by Jan Willem at Dusseldorf he settled there completely in 1697 and became official electoral court painter one year later. – “The true reproduction of his elegant ladies at toilet, music, and visit have made him famous” (Bernt). – Slightly browned throughout.
“ 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).
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