Boy Playing the Flute
  • TitleBoy Playing the Flute
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 73 x 62 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 91 x 82 x 12 cm
  • DatingMade early 1630s
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Judith Leyster, Dutch, born 1609, dead 1660
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Style/Perioddutch golden age
  • Geographical originHaarlem, Nederländerna
  • Inventory No.NM 1120
  • AcquisitionGift 1871 Oskar II
  • Description
    Images and media

    This painting of a young boy playing the flute, entranced by the music, is colored by strong realism. Is this a simple scene of daily life? Or, an allegory of Hearing, one of the Five Senses? Leyster’s bravura brushwork, and the boy’s unsteady pose as he leans against the broken chair-back, contribute to the momentary quality of the image. As the most ephemeral of the arts, music was associated with lust as well as transience.