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"Lute: A Melodic Journey Through Time and Cultures" Step into the enchanting world of the lute, a captivating musical instrument that has transcended time and cultures

Background imageLute Collection: The Sharp Family, 1779-1781, (1942). Creator: Johan Zoffany

The Sharp Family, 1779-1781, (1942). Creator: Johan Zoffany
The Sharp Family, 1779-1781, (1942). Portrait of the musical and aptly named Sharps aboard their sailing barge Apollo on the River Thames at Fulham in London: Mary Lloyd-Baker (nee Sharp)

Background imageLute Collection: Piero della Francesca, Italian painter

Piero della Francesca, Italian painter
Renaissance Art. Italy. 15th century. Piero della Francesca (c.1420-1492). Italian painter. The Nativity, 1470-75. Tempera on panel. National Gallery. London. England. UK

Background imageLute Collection: The Ambassadors, 1533 (oil on panel)

The Ambassadors, 1533 (oil on panel)
BAL122676 The Ambassadors, 1533 (oil on panel) by Holbein the Younger, Hans (1497/8-1543); 207x209.5 cm; National Gallery, London, UK; German, out of copyright

Background imageLute Collection: Boy with a Lute, ca. 1625. Creator: Frans Hals

Boy with a Lute, ca. 1625. Creator: Frans Hals
Boy with a Lute, ca. 1625

Background imageLute Collection: ST. CECILIA AND THE ANGEL. Oil on canvas, c1600, by Carlo Saraceni

ST. CECILIA AND THE ANGEL. Oil on canvas, c1600, by Carlo Saraceni

Background imageLute Collection: Chinese ti-tzu, so-na, yueh-ch in, la-pa

Chinese ti-tzu, so-na, yueh-ch in, la-pa and Japanese hiji-riki.. Chromolithograph from an illustration by William Gibb from A.J

Background imageLute Collection: Mary, Queen of Heaven, c. 1485- 1500 (oil on panel)

Mary, Queen of Heaven, c. 1485- 1500 (oil on panel)
XOS741951 Mary, Queen of Heaven, c. 1485- 1500 (oil on panel) by Master of the Legend of St. Lucy (fl.1475-1505); 199.2 x 161.8 cm; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Background imageLute Collection: Mary Qoss Messenger

Mary Qoss Messenger
A pigeon carries messages for Mary Queen of Scots, imprisoned at Tutbury, to Babington who is plotting to rescue her and set her back on the throne again

Background imageLute Collection: Lady Plays Lute at Knole

Lady Plays Lute at Knole
An aristocratic lady plays her lute in a room at Knole, Kent

Background imageLute Collection: Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Observed by Queen Catherine, 1870. Artist: Marcus Stone

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Observed by Queen Catherine, 1870. Artist: Marcus Stone
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Observed by Queen Catherine, 1870. Painting by Marcus Stone (1840-1921), British history painter

Background imageLute Collection: The Carnival of Venice, 1926 (lithograph)

The Carnival of Venice, 1926 (lithograph)
XEE4154763 The Carnival of Venice, 1926 (lithograph) by Brunelleschi, Umberto (1879-1949); Private Collection; Stefano Bianchetti

Background imageLute Collection: A Christmas Carol. Artist: Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (1828-1882)

A Christmas Carol. Artist: Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (1828-1882)
A Christmas Carol. Private Collection

Background imageLute Collection: Angel playing a lute, Melozzo da Forli

Angel playing a lute, Melozzo da Forli
Melozzo da Forli (1438-1494). Italian painter. Fresco depicting an Angel playing a lute. From the Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles. Pinacoteca Vaticana. Vatican City. Date: circa 1480

Background imageLute Collection: Chinese musical instruments

Chinese musical instruments
A selection of Chinese musical instruments, including a bell(1), gong, (2), cymbals(4), a guqin or seven-stringed zither(7), a pipa or four-stringed lute (8), Yueqin or moon-shaped lute(11)

Background imageLute Collection: Meeting of musicians Painting by Francois Puget (1651-1707) 1688 Sun. 1, 47x2, 12 m

Meeting of musicians Painting by Francois Puget (1651-1707) 1688 Sun. 1, 47x2, 12 m
JLJ4681694 Meeting of musicians Painting by Francois Puget (1651-1707) 1688 Sun. 1, 47x2, 12 m by Puget, Francois (1651-1707); Louvre, Paris

Background imageLute Collection: The Musicians, 1597. Creator: Michelangelo Caravaggio

The Musicians, 1597. Creator: Michelangelo Caravaggio
The Musicians, 1597

Background imageLute Collection: The Dissolute Household, ca. 1663-64. Creator: Jan Steen

The Dissolute Household, ca. 1663-64. Creator: Jan Steen
The Dissolute Household, ca. 1663-64

Background imageLute Collection: Song of the Angels, 1881. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)

Song of the Angels, 1881. Artist: Bouguereau, William-Adolphe (1825-1905)
Song of the Angels, 1881. Found in the collection of Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale

Background imageLute Collection: Viol d amour, mandore, Spanish guitar and lute

Viol d amour, mandore, Spanish guitar and lute.. Viol d amour (1), mandore (2), Spanish guitar (3) and lute (4). Copperplate engraving by John Lee after a drawing by T

Background imageLute Collection: The Virgin of the Rose Bush (oil on panel)

The Virgin of the Rose Bush (oil on panel)
XIR155396 The Virgin of the Rose Bush (oil on panel) by Lochner, Stephan (fl.1442-1451); 50.5x40 cm; Wallraf Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany; (add.info.: La Vierge au Buisson de Roses; ); German

Background imageLute Collection: Ambassadors Sent by Agamemnon to Urge Achilles to Fight, 1801 (oil on canvas)

Ambassadors Sent by Agamemnon to Urge Achilles to Fight, 1801 (oil on canvas)
XIR128674 Ambassadors Sent by Agamemnon to Urge Achilles to Fight, 1801 (oil on canvas) by Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique (1780-1867); Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Background imageLute Collection: The Musicians c1595: Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio (1573-1610) Italian painter

The Musicians c1595: Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio (1573-1610) Italian painter. Oil on canvas

Background imageLute Collection: The Spirit of Chivalry, c. 1845 (oil on canvas)

The Spirit of Chivalry, c. 1845 (oil on canvas)
BAL8021 The Spirit of Chivalry, c.1845 (oil on canvas) by Maclise, Daniel (Croquis, Alfred) (1806-70); 125.8x84.8 cm; Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust

Background imageLute Collection: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Joseph Haydn (coloured engraving)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Joseph Haydn (coloured engraving)
GIA938516 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Joseph Haydn (coloured engraving) by Rigaud, John Francis (1742-1810); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageLute Collection: Illustration for The Taming Of The Shrew (chromolitho)

Illustration for The Taming Of The Shrew (chromolitho)
3642344 Illustration for The Taming Of The Shrew (chromolitho) by Andre, Richard (1834-1907); Private Collection; (add.info.: Illustration for The Taming Of The Shrew)

Background imageLute Collection: The Lute Player, c. 1595 (oil on canvas)

The Lute Player, c. 1595 (oil on canvas)
BAL2639693 The Lute Player, c.1595 (oil on canvas) by Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da (1571-1610); 94x119 cm; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageLute Collection: Medieval frolics: wine, women and song

Medieval frolics: wine, women and song
An alfresco medieval social gathering, with mixed bathing and music making. Date: c.1430

Background imageLute Collection: ANGEL WITH A LUTE. Fragment of a fresco, c1481, by Melozzo da Forli

ANGEL WITH A LUTE. Fragment of a fresco, c1481, by Melozzo da Forli

Background imageLute Collection: Georgian country folk with musical instruments

Georgian country folk with musical instruments
Georgia - Georgian country folk with musical instruments including a boy with a thin drum and a woman holding a stringed instrument, similar to a lute

Background imageLute Collection: Secular Games held in Rome

Secular Games held in Rome
The Secular Games (Ludi Saeculares) are held in Rome to commemorate a 100-year span of Roman history. Despite their name, the Games were a religious celebration involving sacrifices

Background imageLute Collection: Cabaret des Quat z Arts, 1894 (colour litho)

Cabaret des Quat z Arts, 1894 (colour litho)
747107 Cabaret des Quat z Arts, 1894 (colour litho) by Truchet, Abel (1857-1918); Private Collection; Photo eBarbara Singer; French, out of copyright

Background imageLute Collection: Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments will hum about mine ears

Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments will hum about mine ears
3260687 Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments will hum about mine ears, illustration from William Shakespeares The Tempest, pub

Background imageLute Collection: The Assumption of the Virgin with Busts of the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin of... c

The Assumption of the Virgin with Busts of the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin of... c
The Assumption of the Virgin with Busts of the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin of the Annunciation, c. 1400/1405

Background imageLute Collection: LADY PLAYS LUTE AT KNOLE

LADY PLAYS LUTE AT KNOLE
An aristocratic lady plays her lute in a room at Knole, Kent

Background imageLute Collection: Allegory of Music, 1649. Creator: Laurent de la Hyre

Allegory of Music, 1649. Creator: Laurent de la Hyre
Allegory of Music, 1649. allegorical figure tunes a theorbo. At her shoulder is a songbird, symbol of natural music, whereas by contrast she may be a representation of modern music theory

Background imageLute Collection: St. Peter Enthroned with St. John the Baptist and St. Paul, 1515-1516, (1930). Creator

St. Peter Enthroned with St. John the Baptist and St. Paul, 1515-1516, (1930). Creator
St. Peter Enthroned with St. John the Baptist and St. Paul, 1515-1516, (1930). Saint Peter, the Catholic Churchs first pope, wearing the papal tiara, and fishermans ring

Background imageLute Collection: Portrait of the composer and lutenist Jacques Gaultier, 1631-1635. Artist: Lievens, Jan (1607-1674)

Portrait of the composer and lutenist Jacques Gaultier, 1631-1635. Artist: Lievens, Jan (1607-1674)
Portrait of the composer and lutenist Jacques Gaultier, 1631-1635. Found in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Background imageLute Collection: Lute-Player, c1595. Artist: Michelangelo Caravaggio

Lute-Player, c1595. Artist: Michelangelo Caravaggio
Lute-Player, c1595. Detail. Found in the collection of The Hermitage, St Petersburg

Background imageLute Collection: COMMEDIA DELL ARTE. Pantalone, the Dupe, in a performance of the Italian Commedia dell Arte

COMMEDIA DELL ARTE. Pantalone, the Dupe, in a performance of the Italian Commedia dell Arte. French woodcut, 17th century

Background imageLute Collection: Lute Music by the Canal, Hendrick Sorgh

Lute Music by the Canal, Hendrick Sorgh
A lute player entertains a lady in a Dutch interior, seventeenth century. Date: 1939

Background imageLute Collection: Girl playing instrument

Girl playing instrument
A young Japanese woman with ribboned hair playing a stringed musical instrument, perhaps a version of a lute

Background imageLute Collection: Chinese woman playing a Ruan

Chinese woman playing a Ruan (note the Western influence in her choice of footwear!). Date: circa 1910s

Background imageLute Collection: St. Francis comforted by an Angel Musician (oil on canvas)

St. Francis comforted by an Angel Musician (oil on canvas)
XIR36720 St. Francis comforted by an Angel Musician (oil on canvas) by Ribalta, Francisco (1565-1628); 204x158 cm; Prado, Madrid

Background imageLute Collection: Old Chinese Manuscript

Old Chinese Manuscript
Fragment from a manuscript of the Uigur dynasty : figures are shown writing and reading, and one is playing a lute-like musical instrument

Background imageLute Collection: 16th Century Musicians 1

16th Century Musicians 1
A piper performs with players of three types of stringed instruments - a rebec, a lute and a harp

Background imageLute Collection: Cister-playing woman seated woman playing cister

Cister-playing woman seated woman playing cister
Cister-playing woman, A seated woman playing on the cister. She is reflected in the mirror on the wall behind her. On the left the window, on the right a table with a bowl of fruit on it

Background imageLute Collection: Death Of Socrates, 469 - 399 B. C. Engraved By F. Finden After H. Corbould

Death Of Socrates, 469 - 399 B. C. Engraved By F. Finden After H. Corbould
Death Of Socrates, 469 - 399 B.C. Engraved By F. Finden After H. Corbould, From The Book A History Of Greece By Connop Thirlwall Bishop Of St. Davids



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"Lute: A Melodic Journey Through Time and Cultures" Step into the enchanting world of the lute, a captivating musical instrument that has transcended time and cultures. From Renaissance masterpieces to Chinese melodies, this 150 caption explores the diverse influence and beauty of the lute. In Richard Dadd's "The Fairy Fellers Master-Stroke, " a whimsical painting from the Victorian era, we catch a glimpse of an ethereal creature strumming a lute, its delicate strings resonating with magic. Piero della Francesca, an Italian painter renowned for his meticulous attention to detail, immortalized the elegance of the lute in his works. His paintings depict musicians gracefully plucking their instruments as if weaving invisible threads that connect us to centuries past. Johan Zoffany's masterpiece "The Sharp Family" transports us to Georgian England where we witness a family gathering around their beloved lutenist. The harmonious sounds emanating from her skilled fingers create an atmosphere filled with joy and merriment. "The Ambassadors" by Hans Holbein takes us back even further in time to Tudor England. Amidst political intrigue and diplomatic negotiations, an intricately carved lute stands as both symbol and reminder of artistry amidst power struggles. Traveling eastward, we encounter Chinese ti-tzu, so-na, yueh-ch'in, la-pa - traditional stringed instruments akin to our cherished lutes. Their haunting melodies echo through ancient palaces and serene landscapes alike. Mary Queen of Heaven herself is depicted holding a heavenly version of our earthly instrument in c. 1485-1500 oil on panel artwork. This portrayal showcases how music can transcend mortal boundaries and elevate souls towards celestial realms. Lady Plays Lute at Knole captures a moment frozen in time - a lady lost in her own melody within the grandeur of Knole House gardens. Her skillful hands dance across the strings, creating a symphony that resonates with nature's beauty.