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Title Mythological Scene
Collection Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
Artist Bordone, Paris (Italian painter, 1500-1571)
Date Earliest about 1530
Date Latest about 1540
Description In the centre a young man playing a viola da gamba is garlanded by a women, while 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 the creation of an idyllic union of the pleasures of landscape and music. The oblong format suggests that the panel formed part of a series which decorated a room, possibly a library.
Current Accession Number 61.3
Subject mythology
Measurements 42 x 96 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Purchased from Knoedler's, London, 1961 for 2,412.
Provenance 5th Lord Brownlow; William Harrison Woodward, London.
Publications Constable. W. G., Italian Pictures in the possession of William Harrison Woodward, Oxford, 1928, pl. IX; Berenson, B., Italian Pictures of the Renaissance, Venetian School, London, 1957, I, p. 47; II, pl. 1128; Canova, G., Paris Bordon, Venice, 1964, p. 119 (then in the Woodward collection).
Rights Owner The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Author Dr Nicola Gauld/Barber Institute



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