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Three Women Making Music

Three Women Making Music ca. 1530-1540

Master of the Female Half-Figures

Room D

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hotspot The ladies are dressed according to the fashion of the period. They are wearing a dress with loose, wide sleeves and a square decolleté, under which a corset flattened their breasts.
hotspot Here there are no tapestries on the wall but man-high wooden panelling, decorated with plant patterns.
hotspot For a harmonious unison, flutes were made in sets. Three flutes can be kept in this fine case; one is being used at the moment.
hotspot From 1530, the flute became a much-loved instrument among the nobility and wealthy citizens. It was very suitable for performing chamber music, often together with the lute.
This song was written in 1528 by the French court poet Clément Marot and set to music by Claudin de Sermisy. The text is: I will give you pleasure, my dear, and thus fulfil your desire beyond expectation. As long as I live I will not let you go, even so that - when I die my mind will still remember it. If you worry about me, I no less for you! Love will make you understand. But if it breaks you down, appease your hurting heart: Everything will be all right, for who can wait
hotspot This song was written in 1528 by the French court poet Clément Marot and set to music by Claudin de Sermisy. The text is: I will give you pleasure, my dear, and thus fulfil, your desire beyond expectation. As long as I live I will not let you go, even so that - when I die, my mind will still remember it. If you worry about me, I no less for you! Love will make you understand. But if it breaks you down, appease your hurting heart: Everything will be all right, for who can wait.

About the creator

Master of the Female Half-Figures

active in Antwerp ca. 1500-1530

The Master of the Female Half-Figures, whose real name we do not know, specialized in compositions with fashionably-dressed ladies with lily-white skin who amuse themselves with music. They were exported from Antwerp to many European countries. The line between genre and history in these paintings was sometimes a very fine one. The same young woman could be Mary Magdalene in one painting and a 16th-century beauty in another.


Object details

material and technique: Oil on panel
dimensions: 23,62 x 20,87 inch
creditline: Graf Harrach’sche Familiensammlung, Schloss Rohrau