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Caravaggio’s painting “The Lute Player” or “The Boy with the Lute” is a striking exhibit of the Hermitage. But the picture is also presented in several museums around the world, for example, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. And experts still do not agree on which of the works is the original, and which are only copies.
Caravaggio created his painting in 1595 by order of Cardinal del Monte. The size of the work is 100 by 126 centimeters. And it is made with oil. In the picture, the artist portrayed a boy who plays a strange instrument. In his hands he holds a lute, this instrument was popular in the Middle Ages.
The boy was not accidentally chosen for posing. Everyone believes that he was a friend of Caravaggio. In addition, the artist depicted him several times in his paintings. The young man has dark thick hair. He is dressed in a plain white shirt. A black cloak lies casually on his right hand. His mouth is slightly ajar, but it is clear that he enjoys playing the instrument.
There are flowers on the left side of the picture, this is a bright bouquet where we see yellow daisies, small red roses and ordinary wildflowers. And in front of the lute guy is a table.
On it are music notebooks where you can even view the lines. Also on the table is a violin and bow. Perhaps the boy in the picture is a talented musician who plays several instruments. Near this "musical mess" on the table are ripe fruits.
The picture itself really liked Caravaggio. He liked everything: his friend, composition, plot, colors. By the way, the artist approached the choice of shades with all responsibility. This picture is dominated by warm colors.
On the left side of the picture, the author clearly wanted to add some bright spots. So, he painted flowers and fruits. Without them, the picture would have been made in exclusively milky shades.
For its existence, the picture traveled a lot, in Russia it appeared in the 19th century.
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