Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn is a great Dutch artist whose skill to this day never ceases to amaze the most sophisticated audience. Rembrandt, like no other, managed to convey human experiences, emotions and feelings. The son of a miller, he early became interested in art, and at thirteen he left the Latin school to devote himself completely to painting.
In the twenties of the seventeenth century, the young artist studied with the then-famous master Peter Lastman. Painting Allegory of Music is a classic example of Lastman's influence on the work of a talented student. It manifested itself in the colorfulness of the canvas (later Rembrandt began to draw much more succinctly in color) and the desire to write down the smallest material details in as much detail as possible. This gave decorativeness and festivity to the artist's early works, the paintings seem variegated and fancifully exotic. Rembrandt’s rich imagination found a way out in the works of that time, but already during this period painstaking work on the characteristics of chiaroscuro favorably distinguishes him from his contemporaries.
The painting depicts four people - three of them, two men and an old woman, with various musical instruments. The woman in the foreground holds a notebook with notes on her lap and conducts the game with her right hand. Apparently, she personifies the goddess of music. Her eyes are lowered, her face is focused. Crossing her legs, the lady shows the viewer a dress made of heavy brocade, richly decorated with gold inlay. Warm golden colors, saturated, juicy; the finest painting of fabrics; gentle sun glare - the picture is painted with warmth and feeling. But the facial expressions of the characters of this canvas are much less mobile than in later Rembrandt models.
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