Allegory of Music

Laurent de la La Ir • Painting, 1649
About the artwork
Art form: Painting
Subject and objects: Portrait, Genre scene, Allegorical scene
Style of art: Classicism
Technique: Oil
Materials: Canvas
Date of creation: 1649
Artwork in selections: 1 selection

Description of the artwork «Allegory of Music»

Before us is the painting "Allegory of Music" by the French artist Laurent de La Hire (1606-1656).

It was commissioned by the French nobleman Gédéon Tallemans (1613-1668) for his house on the Rue Angoumois in Paris.

This painting is about music: a woman tunes a theorbo (an instrument from the lute family).

A songbird, a symbol of nature's music, can be seen near her right shoulder.
Also visible are various musical instruments and scores: a lute, a violin, two block flutes, a vocal exercise and a song in two parts.