The Musicians  1597

by Caravaggio

Trained in Lombardy, Caravaggio moved to Rome around 1592, and he initially made his reputation with a number of realistic paintings of half-length figures, such as this one. This canvas was painted for his first great patron, Cardinal Francesco del Monte. Although it was described by contemporaries as "una musica" (a music piece), it is an allegory of music. Cupid is show...
92.1 x 118.4 cm
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art