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The Queen of instruments - the lute within Old Master painting Adam Busiakiewicz Monday 20 April 2020

The lute holds a special place in the history of art: painters of the Italian Renaissance depicted golden haired angels plucking its strings. In the 16th century it became the accoutrment of educated courtiers (Holbein, Titian) and in the 17th century it continued to play a key role in emphasising the intimate, debauched and transient pleasures of interior scenes (Jan Steen, Frans Hals) There will be several pieces performed as part of the lecture.