Artist Frans Floris (1519/1520–1570) Title German: Porträt der Familie van Berchem Date 1561 Medium oil on canvas Dimensions 130 × 225 cm Current location Museen Vuyts-Van Campen und Baron Caroly Lierre Notes Deutsch: Tradition der niederländischen Romanisten
Sixteenth-century allegorical painting-A young woman in a sumptuous embroidered V-shaped bodice, with gown and fine damasked under-skirt, head-dress and feathered hat, strums a lute – a symbol of learning, harmony and pleasure. An elderly gentleman holds a skull in his right hand and a convex mirror in his left. As he holds up the mirror for the woman to gaze into, we see that her own reflection sits alongside the reflected image of death.
A Young Man Playing a Theorbo and a Young Woman Playing a Cittern ~ ca.1630-1632 ~ oil on canvas ~ by Jan Miense Molenaer (Dutch, 1610-1668) ~ Bridgeman Art Library ~ Jan Miense Molenaer, was a Dutch Golden Age genre painter whose style was a precursor to Jan Steen's work during Dutch Golden Age painting. ~ a theorbo is a large lute with the neck extended to carry several long bass strings, used for accompaniment in 17th and early 18th century music.
Gerrit van HONTHORST Utrecht 1590 - 1656 A MERRY GROUP BEHIND A BALUSTRADE WITH A VIOLIN AND A LUTE PLAYER 39 1/4 by 54 1/2 in.; 99.4 by 138.5 cm. Estimate was 2,000,000 — 3,000,000 USD LOT SOLD. 7,557,000 USD