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Allegory of Music

The allegorical figure tunes a theorbo. At her shoulder is a songbird, symbol of natural music, whereas by contrast she may be a representation of modern music theory and practice. To the right are various contemporary instruments and scores: a lute, a violin, two recorders, a vocal exercise, and a song in two parts. This canvas, originally flanked by two music-making putti (Musée Magnin, Dijon), belonged to a series of the seven Liberal Arts commissioned by Gédéon Tallemant (1613–1668) for his house in the Marais quarter in Paris.

Credit: Charles B. Curtis Fund, 1950...

1649
Oil on canvas
105.7 x 144.1cm
50.189
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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