Still Life with Musical Instruments, Books and Sculpture

Still Life with Musical Instruments, Books and Sculpture c. 1650

Evaristo Baschenis

Room 30

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About this artwork

A remarkable detail is the dust on the lute on the right, through which a finger appears to have been drawn. It calls to mind a remark about Baschenis' virtuosity in the biography that was written by Francesco Maria Tassi, which says that the viewer is drawn to touch the paintings and to brush away the dust.

About the creator

Evaristo Baschenis

Bergamo 1617 - Bergamo 1677

Evaristo Baschenis spent his whole life living and working in his birthplace Bergamo. He came from a family of painters, but originally set his mind on the priesthood. His still lifes showing musical instruments are unique in the 17th century. The detailing is reminiscent of Dutch still life painters of the same period, but the way the light falls shows the influence of Caravaggio.

Object details

material and technique: oil on canvas
kind of object: painting
creditline: Aankoop / Purchase: 1964
inventory number: 2688 (OK)