Oil painting on canvas by Bonifazio Veronese (or copy?)
Italy, first half of the 16th C.
Detail of a scene of music-making in a garden

A complete painting showing these three figures and several others is to be found in the Accademia in Venice. This details shows three Renaissance musicians in early 16th C. attire totally immersed in the mood of the music they are performing. The lady plays a small lute, the gentleman in the foreground a bass viola da gamba with a scroll and pegbox typical of Venetian instruments of this period. The figure in the background in this version is portrayed as a singer, however in the original in Venice he is shown with a recorder.

updated 08.03.2010