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Hearing (De Fiool Speelder)

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.


c. 1649-58


Cornelis Visscher (Dutch, c. 1629-1658)
after Adriaen Brouwer (Flemish, 1605/06-1638)

About this artwork

Cornelis Visscher completed a number of genre scenes during his career that portray satirical figures gathering in jovial settings. The Concert was made after a painting by Adriaen Brouwer, a Flemish artist known for his innovative peasant scenes. Famous for his striking realism, including unidealized drunkards, Brouwer allowed the viewer a glance at a boisterous world that makes no apologies for celebrating. This scene boasts energy and harmony, as the musician’s song narrates the suspicious characters’ actions. Though not his own design, it resonates with Visscher’s vision—one that captured the eccentricities of Dutch life.


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Prints and Drawings


Cornelis Visscher


Hearing (De Fiool Speelder)


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Lettered lower center in plate, "A. Brouwer pinxit. Corn. Vißcher fecit aqua forti." and center of lower margin, in plate, "Trahit sua quemque voluptas."


Plate: 26.7 × 19.5 cm (10 9/16 × 7 11/16 in.); Sheet: 27.4 × 20.2 cm (10 13/16 × 8 in.)

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Gift of Horace S. Oakley

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