A Girl with a Lute
Bartolomeo Vento, Italian, active 1502-1513
The lute and the song for tenor and bass lying open on the sill signify the artist's ambition to transcend the conventions of painting and produce a song-haunted mood. This lyrical idea overran Lombardy and Venice in the early sixteenth century and had been quickly brought to its most moving pitch at Venice in the light and color of Giorgione. Here somber shadow prevails, under the influence of the more mystic Leonardo. The picture was painted presumably in Milan, where there are still three versions, two of them by Bartolommeo himself, one of these bearing the same date.33 x 42 inches
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