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            Bishop’s Stortford

    Decorative & Fine Arts Society


 Registered Charity Number: 281725


      A Member Society of


     The Arts Society











 Lecture at the Rhodes Arts Complex on

   Tuesday, 11 June 2019

 The Queen of Instruments: The Lute in Old Master Paintings

Adam Busiakiewicz

Painters of the Italian Renaissance depicted angels plucking its delicate strings, evoking celestial harmony; in the sixteenth century, the lute became a pastime of educated courtiers, as depicted by Holbein and Titian; throughout the seventeenth century, the instrument continued to play a key role in emphasising the intimate and transient pleasures of interior scenes by Jan Steen and portraits by Frans Hals. This lecture looks at the lute, and other musical instruments, as devices to express various aspects of the human character throughout the ages. Adam will bring his lute to play for us during the lecture.


Starts at 10.40, coffee from 10.00


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