A Musical Party

The woman is playing a viola da gamba; the man with his back to the viewer, a lute; the man on the right, a flute; and the standing man, a violin. This scene shows the influence of Anthonie Palamedesz., Pieter Codde and Willem Duyster these painters depicted elegant figures gathered around a table, playing music, in a neutral interior.

A figure of a boy in the background was painted out when the painting was cleaned in 1969-70, because it was considered inferior quality at the time. Although it is no longer visible, the figure was probably painted by Olis himself. This painting demonstrates the artist’s talent for representing lace and silky surfaces. Men and women playing music traditionally represent the harmony of love.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1610 - 1676
Full title
A Musical Party
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on oak
36.7 x 52.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by Alfred A. de Pass, 1920
Inventory number
Location in Gallery