A Woman Playing the Theorbo-Lute and a Cavalier

A Woman Playing the Theorbo-Lute and a Cavalier is aqn oil on wood painting by Dutch artist Gerard ter Borch the Younger, created c. 1658. The work depicts a young woman playing a theorbo while her lover looks on. The painting is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York.[1]

A Woman Playing the Theorbo-Lute and a Cavalier
A Woman Playing the Theorbo-Lute and a Cavalier MET DP145907.jpg
ArtistGerard ter Borch
Yearc. 1658
MediumOil on wood
Dimensions36.8 cm × 32.4 cm (14.5 in × 12.8 in)
LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York

DescriptionEdit

Ter Borch's painting portrays a scene in which a young woman plays a theorbo-lute (a stringed instrument) while her suitor sits nearby. The man is a cavalier, a 17th-century soldier, and he is seen to be sitting atop a cloth-covered table. His sword is laid flat to his left, while a songbook (a common lovers' gift during the time period) rests nearby. A watch, possibly representing temperance or the fleeting nature of the affair, lays near the other objects.[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "www.metmuseum.org". www.metmuseum.org. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  2. ^ Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 67, 70–74, no. 15, colorpl. 15, fig. 14 (color detail); vol. 2, p. 871.