Gerard ter Borch the Younger (Dutch, Zwolle 1617–1681 Deventer)
A Woman Playing the Theorbo-Lute and a Cavalier, ca. 1658
Oil on wood
14 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. (36.8 x 32.4 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ter Borch was an astute observer of social behavior as well as the physical environment. In this intimate courtship scene, fine fabrics, silver objects, wood, paper, light, and shadows all reveal their distinctive qualities. The woman strums a theorbo and the man appears to sing, a duet that resonates with the heartstrings. More on this painting
Gerard ter Borch the Younger (December 1617 – 8 December 1681), also known as Gerard Terburg, was an influential and pioneering Dutch genre painter who lived in the Dutch Golden Age. He influenced fellow Dutch painters Gabriel Metsu, Gerrit Dou, Eglon van der Neer and Johannes Vermeer. According to Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., Ter Borch “established a new framework for subject matter, taking people into the sanctum of the home”, showing the figures’ uncertainties and expertly hinting at their inner lives. His influence as a painter, however, was later surpassed by Vermeer. More on Gerard ter Borch the Younger
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