A man playing a lute: Hendrick ter Brugghen

Hendrick ter Brugghen: A man playing a lute

Dutch painter Hendrick ter Brugghen traveled to Rome late in his career and it was there that he became a follower of Italian painter Caravaggio who inspired A man playing a lute. In 1620 Ter Brugghen painted a number of portraits of Italian musicians in elaborate clothing with no background, using Caravaggio’s style of emphasizing light and shade.

Hendrick ter Brugghen’s A man playing a lute was completed in 1624 when he was 36 years of age and can be found in the National Gallery in London, United Kingdom.

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