Artist Gerard Seghers spent part of his artistic training in Italy studying the work of Caravaggio, an artist known for his theatrical approach to light. In The Lute Player, Seghers incorporates dramatic lighting by placing a single source of light— a candle— in the foreground, which creates deep shadows around the figure. The contrast between light and dark areas in the painting draw attention to the figure’s creamy skin, facial expression, and the details of her costume.
Tags: Baroque, 17th-century, chiaroscuro
Purchased with funds from the Virginia Smith Kunstkamer Fund