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ID number: BIRBI-61.3
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Bordone, Paris (1500-1571)
Title / Object name: Mythological scene
Object type: Painting
Place made: Venice
Date made: the 1530s
Materials: Oil on wood
Measurements: 41.7 x 96.3 cm; 56.3 x 111 x 9cm
Provenance: 5th Lord Brownlow; William Harrison Woodward, London; Knoedler's, London; purchased by the Barber Institute, June 1961 for £2,412.
In the centre a young man playing a viola da gamba is garlanded by a woman, whilst others pick blossom and gather blooms. Venetian artists in the first half of the 16th century painted numerous pastoral scenes in which youths languidly make music. It is likely that no specific subject was intended beyond an idyllic union of the beauties of landscape and music. The oblong format suggests that the panel formed part of a series which decorated a room, possibly a library. The Venetian artist, Paris Bordone, specialised in small mythological scenes.
Notes: Exhibited: 'The Poetry of Venetian Painting', Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany, 24 February 2017 - 31 May 2017