A Concert

The singers may have been real individuals, but it is unlikely that this picture was meant as a group portrait. It was probably one of a series of panels decorating a music room or studiolo. Other panels may have shown different musical instruments. 15th-century artists were interested in painting song, and the expressions of those who sang, such as the angels in Piero della Francesca's 'Nativity'.

Key facts

Artist dates
1460 - 1535
Full title
A Concert
Date made
about 1485-95
Medium and support
Oil on wood
95.3 x 75.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery