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After Caspar Netscher, A Musical Party

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Full title A Musical Party
Artist After Caspar Netscher
Artist dates 1635/6 - 1684
Date made after 1665
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 55.5 × 45 cm
Acquisition credit May Bequest, 1854
Inventory number NG1879
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
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A Musical Party
After Caspar Netscher

With a glance, a lifted hand, the turn of a head, the artist has made a picture that invites interpretation. This was such a popular composition at the time that several copies were made of Caspar Netscher’s original (now in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich). This is one of the copies.

Pictures of musicians playing were enjoyed in the seventeenth-century Netherlands. They were in part purely decorative, but often also seem to hold moments of titillation, showing opportunities for flirtation. They may perhaps, because of the musical setting, also represent the harmony of love. Whatever their original purpose, they invite interpretation, story-making and discussion.

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