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There are three versions of the artwork Lute Player, and there are only subtle differences between them. This version is the one that is currently located in the Hermitage Museum, and it was probably painted in the year 1600, a few years after Caravaggio had moved into the household of Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte when the artist had established his fame and did his first religious-themed pieces.
When Caravaggio painted the Lute Player, he was already broadly known, and his pieces were extremely desired. A few years later he would become the most famous artist in Italy. This painting shows the evolution of the tenebrism that Caravaggio was developing over the course of the last few years. If we contrast this piece with its predecessors, it has more drama and contrast, a feature that would become even more intense throughout the next few years.
The layout of this piece had already been seen on similar previous pieces like Bacchus and his studies on boys with fruits. In front of the boy, there is a table filled with music sheets, a violin, some fruits and a vase of flowers. On the Wildenstein Collection version of this painting, the marble table is covered with a red piece of tapestry, but on this version, it’s possible to see the material. Caravaggio was known for his obsession with realistic details, and that translates into this piece in details like the crack on the lute and the holes and black spots on the fruits.
The boy has luscious brown hair, a wig likely seen on other pieces like Bacchus. During many years it was suspected that the model was Caravaggio himself, painting from a mirror, but now the theory more accepted is that this would be a portrait of his good friend Mario Minniti. The boy has smooth pale skin, rosy cheeks and is wearing a loose white tunic and a white piece of cloth on his hair. As mentioned before, Caravaggio was deepening his tenebrism technique, and this makes the central figure stand out and contrast with the background.
The music sheet on top of the table reads in French: "Vous savez que je vous aime et vous adore...Je fus vôtre", translated as "You know I love you and adore you...I was yours".
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Lute Player c. 1596, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Lute Player c. 1596 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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