The Music Lesson

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1671

Artist:

Jacob Ochtervelt
Dutch, 1634-1682

About this artwork

One of Jacob Ochtervelt’s finest works, The Music Lesson was probably painted in Rotterdam, where the artist spent most of his career. The delicate light, which illuminates the girl and leaves the youth partly in shadow, is indebted to Johannes Vermeer, who worked in the nearby city of Delft. Characteristic of Ochtervelt, however, are the angled poses and the playful interchange between the figures. The girl holds a violin, an instrument more often played by men, and points authoritatively to the music score in an ironic reversal of the roles of the sexes.

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European Painting and Sculpture

Artist

Jacob Ochtervelt

Title

The Music Lesson

Origin

Holland

Date

1671

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Sign: Jac. Octervelt

Dimensions

80.2 × 65.5 cm (31 × 25 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1088

Extended information about this artwork

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