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Portrait of a Musician

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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The sitter holds a viola da gamba, probably Brescian and an alto viol with a bow is in the background. The musical notation and text on the sheet of paper in the foreground are illegible. Traditionally but wrongly said to be a portrait of Antonio Stradivari, this painting is a portrait of a musician or instrument maker of the late sixteenth century. Identifications of Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) and Gasparo da Salò (1540–1609) have been proposed.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Oxford


Date

c. 1570–1590

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 75 x W 56 cm

Accession number

WA1952.123

Acquisition method

Presented by W. E. Hill & Sons Ltd, 1952

Work type

Painting


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