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Violin Player

A work made of black chalk, ruled in pen and brown ink, on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of black chalk, ruled in pen and brown ink, on ivory laid paper.


mid-17th century


Unknown artist
Dutch, active in Leiden, mid-17th century

About this artwork

This sensitive and evocative drawing relates closely to a painting of the same subject. The artist lightly applied black chalk to capture the facial features and hair of his sitter. Compared to the passage’s precision, the rest of the composition adopts a relatively abstract style. For example, the violin is only schematically described in outlines, and the viewer is left to imagine the bow that the figure should be holding in his right hand.


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Prints and Drawings


Pieter Cornelisz. van Slingeland


Violin Player


Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1650–1699


Black chalk, ruled in pen and brown ink, on ivory laid paper


Inscribed verso, upper left, in pen and light brown ink :”Mieris f."; lower left, in graphite: "N. 6"


11.3 × 10.1 cm (4 1/2 × 4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

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