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Still Life with Musical Instruments

Still Life with Musical Instruments

Artist: Bartolomeo Bettera (Italian, 1639 - after 1688)

Date: ca. 1660s
Medium: Oil on canvas
45 1/4 × 57 × 2 in. (114.9 × 144.8 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of A. Everett Austin, Jr., 1951
Object number: SN658
On View: Art Museum Gallery 13
About this ObjectBettera specialized in large still life paintings with complex arrangements of musical instruments amidst books, musical scores, rich textiles, and other luxurious collectors’ items. Hallmarks of the artist include velvet curtains edged with gold fringe, Turkish carpets used as tablecloths, and traces of dust on the objects depicted. To create texture, Bettera often pasted pieces of rough fabric to his canvases and then painted on top of them, as is evident in the carpets shown here.
A. Everett Austin, Jr. (1900–1957), Sarasota, Florida; gift to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, 1951.
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Inscribed:Musical notations on scores
Markings:Musical notations on scores
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