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:

c. 1670

Artist:

Gerard ter Borch
Dutch, 1617-1681

About this artwork

Gerard Terborch specialized in small-scale portraits and scenes of everyday life, now known as genre scenes. His interiors provide an evocative setting for figures absorbed in the rituals of everyday life, with distracting domestic furniture kept to a minimum. His mature genre paintings deal with “high-life” subjects: officers and elegant young women conversing, making music, or exchanging letters. Here a lady plays an elaborate stringed instrument, the double-headed lute, while her companion marks the tempo for her. He is presumably her music master, but, as is typical for Terborch, the precise relationship of the figures remains tantalizingly ambiguous.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 213

Artist

Géraerd Ter Borch

Title

The Music Lesson

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1665–1675

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

TB

Dimensions

63.6 × 50.4 cm (25 × 19 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles T. Yerkes

Reference Number

1891.1

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