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The Lute Player

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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This picture presents a cautionary tale of sensual over-indulgence. The young man on the left, a self-portrait of Steen, conveys the Sense of Smell through the pipe he smokes, and the Sense of Taste in the wine glass he holds aloft. In the background an embracing couple represent Touch, and to the right the elegant lute player illustrates Sound through her music, and Sight by the beauty of her own person.

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

c.1670

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 36.4 x W 53.2 cm

Accession number

P150

Acquisition method

acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, at an unknown date; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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The Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, Greater London W1U 3BN England

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