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Frederick the Great of Prussia Being Taught to Play the Flute by Johann Joachim Quantz

Photo credit: Royal Academy of Music

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This painting is said to be of Frederick the Great being taught to play the flute by Johann Joachim Quantz. It shows two seated figures playing a flute duet, both seated at a table covered with an Eastern carpet with music sheets headed 'Menuets' on the table. There is a rich landscape setting with flowing blue drapery to the rear. Quantz is shown looking intently at his pupil. A sculpted putto with a violin overlooks the scene, like a muse.

Royal Academy of Music



18th C


oil on canvas


H 44 x W 34.5 cm

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presented by Mr W. H. Quarrell, 1938

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