Listen and look: Hendrick ter Brugghen’s 'Man playing a Lute'

Date and time

Wednesday 26 April, 1–1.30pm

Room F

Adam Busiakewicz


Admission free

The lute is one of the instruments most often encountered in European art, and was used by painters to express various ideas, including allusions to harmony and discord.

Paintings such as Ter Brugghen’s Man playing a Lute allow us to gain a better understanding of how music was appreciated and consumed in the past.  

In this talk, art historian Adam Busiakiewicz will perform lute music and explore the relevance of the instrument.


Adam Busiakiewicz is an independent art historian and lutenist, and a guide lecturer at the Wallace Collection.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Image above: Detail from Hendrick ter Brugghen, A Man playing a Lute, 1624