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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 ter Borch specialized in small-scale portraits and scenes of everyday life. He often painted images like this one, featuring military 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 instructor, but the similarity in their ages and the presence of the bed in the background make the precise relationship of the figures tantalizingly ambiguous.

Status

On View, Gallery 212

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Gerard ter Borch

Title

The Music Lesson

Place

Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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1665–1675

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed: TB

Dimensions

63.6 × 50.4 cm (25 × 19 7/8 in.); Framed: 84.8 × 70.8 × 6.4 cm (33 3/8 × 27 7/8 × 2 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles T. Yerkes

Reference Number

1891.1

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