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The Musicians, also known as The Concert of Youths, was produced on the year of 1959 when Caravaggio had just moved into Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte’s household. The artist was invited by the Cardinal after he was astounded by one of his paintings called The Cardsharps, which became extremely famous and was copied in several moments of Art History.
When Caravaggio entered the Cardinal’s living quarters, he had been through some through times in his life. In 1592 he fled from Milan, arriving in Rome with nothing in his pockets, no provisions or clothes. He was then taken in by Giuseppe Cesari, who housed him for three years until they came to a disagreement. When Caravaggio was about to be once again homeless, but now an established artist, the Cardinal took him in, and he lived there for some years producing art.
The Musicians is very relevant for this moment of Caravaggio’s life, as it is said to be the first painting produced exclusively for the Cardinal. Later, he created several other pieces under the patronage of Francesco Maria Del Monte, but this is dated as the earliest piece known. After, he produced an artwork that was supposed to be a pair of The Musicians, called Lute Player.
The work shows four boys sitting together. Three of them are playing musical instruments, and the fourth is dressed as Cupid. Many people have characterized this as a musical piece, but the Cupid on the left makes it clear that it is a symbolic meaning. The boys are wearing traditional robes, and along with Cupid's clothing, showing that they are contemporary to Caravaggio's time. Caravaggio included a self-portrait on the second boy on the left, and on the one just next to him, he represented the portrait of his companion Mario Minniti.
The painting is bright, and the boys have very soft and smooth faces and skin. The detail that stands out is the strong and detailed work on the drapery of the costumes. The boys are sitting on top of a table or bench, but no other details of the architecture are visible. The colors are warm and soft, but not very vivid. The background is a tone of beige, and the contrast is not yet so dramatic as seen in later pieces like St Francis in Ecstasy.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Musicians 1595-96, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Musicians 1595-96 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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