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The Violinist


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Description Music is often celebrated in 17th-century Dutch art as a metaphor for love. This theatrically dressed young man tunes his violin while considering the music he will play. It is written for two parts, so "The Violinist" was originally accompanied by a painting of a young woman. This is a suggestive invitation to join in a duet. On the pedestal to the right stands a statue of the Muse of music, Euterpe with her harp, as if to inspire their harmonies. The soft modeling of the face is in the style of Wytmans's teacher in Utrecht Jan van Bylert, but his crisp satins reflect the refined images of courtly life produced throughout the Dutch Republic in the later 1600s.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/01/1944Treatmentcoated; loss compensation; cleaned
3/27/1957Treatmentcleaned
4/17/1967Treatmentrepaired; loss compensation; coated; cleaned
1/29/1993Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome, no. 580; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions M W f
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
1660-1669 (Baroque)
Medium
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.382
Measurements
12 x 9 3/8 in. (30.5 x 23.8 cm)
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