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Lute Player
art_type: oil on panel
description: In his formative years in Leiden and then in Amsterdam, Jan Lievens, like his friend and colleague Rembrandt, was influenced by the exuberant and boldly dramatic close-up paintings of tavern scenes by Utrecht painters such as Jan van Bylert, as in the latter's Merry Company (37.707). Single figures of swaggering musicians spotlighted in a dramatic fashion were one of the favorite subjects of this school. Lievens responds to this development but interprets the mood of his musician as contemplative and introspective. The delicacy of his handling of light and color, in contrast to the brasher exuberance of Van Bylert’s Girl Teasing a Cat (37.2659), contributes to this mood. Was his model for this musician his friend Rembrandt van Rijn? Scholars of Lievens now think that Lievens, like other struggling young artists, sometimes asked friends to sit for them to make the subject genuinely life-like and that here the model is Rembrandt, whose renown is now world-wide.
artist: Jan Lievensz. (Dutch, 1607-1674)
museum: Walters Museum
title: Lute Player
from_api: Walters Museum
source: Walters Museum
image_url: http://static.thewalters.org/images/PL1_37.2493_Fnt_TR_T86II.jpg
date: ca. 1629
external_url: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/30268
Fuchi with Morning Glory
art_type: silver, gold, shakudo, copper alloy or sentoku
description: A morning glory in copper and shakudo is depicted on the front of the fuchi. Morning glories are autumn plants and often literary references. This is part of a mounted set.
artist: Tanaka Kiyotoshi (Japanese, 1804-1876)
museum: Walters Museum
title: Fuchi with Morning Glory
from_api: Walters Museum
source: Walters Museum
image_url: http://static.thewalters.org/images/PS3_51.1199.3a_Fnt_DD_JP09.jpg
date: 1804-1876
external_url: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/32913

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