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Caravaggio-The Concert

Sep - 16 - 2013

The Concert
Caravaggio-The Concert, ca. 1595
Oil on canvas, 92 x 118.5 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

A lute – player, shown in the light and dominating the whole composition, along with a second youth, in his shadow, look out from a group of young men. The boy in shadow is holding a crumhorn in his raised! right hand. Though he might well be alluding to the visual artist who has applied his sculptural skills to this hand. Both boys have been suggested as possible self-portraits of the artist. They are making music together with a singer on the right. А fourth youth on the left symbolizing the god. Cupid, whose curved pipe he is holding in his right hand is leaning towards a bunch of grapes. The wings on his shoulders had been painted over for some time, in order to make the painting look like a pure genre-picture. Baglione mentions the picture, under the title of Musica, painted for Cardinal del Monte.

Author: Eberard König (Bibliography: “Caravaggio”)

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