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ID number:  BIRBI-56.12
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Lievens, Jan (1607-1674)
Title / Object name:  Jacques Gaulthier, lutanist
Object type:  Print
Culture:  Dutch
Materials:  Etching
Measurements:  265 x 220 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Craddock % Barnard, July 1956, for £4

Jacques Gaultier (about 1600-1652) was a successful lute-player and composer at the court of Charles I of England (reigned 1625-49). Gaultier’s lute has a split peg-box to accommodate additional strings, increasing the range of the instrument. The lute was the most popular instrument during the Renaissance and early 17th century due to its versatility - it could play both melody and accompaniment. At this time, portraits usually depicted members of the aristocracy or the learned professions; this image reflects the respect Gaultier commanded as a musician. The luxurious furs of his costume indicate wealth and accentuate the prestige of his profession.

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