Inventory number
P01758
Author
Snyders, Frans (Flemish)
Title
Concert of the Birds
Chronology
1629-1630
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
98 cm x 137 cm
School
Flamenca
Theme
Animales
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección del I Marqués de Leganés, regalada a Felipe IV, 1652-55, nº 163; Colección Real (Real Alcázar, Madrid, cuarto bajo de verano, 1636, nº 860)

Depictions of different types of birds perched on tree trunks, sometimes alongside a musical score, were made popular by Flemish artists during the early seventeenth century, especially Frans Snyders.

And, while these are generally considered allusions to the sense of hearing, that interpretation is not entirely clear. Others include the possibility that they represent wisdom through the presence of an owl, which embodies that concept and which often seems to be directing those bucolic concerts.

At any rate, the diversity of bird images makes this type of paintings an attractive manifestation of nature, making them collectors' items for aristocrats and bourgeois, who often hung them in their country houses.

This painting, like another in the Prado Museum Collection (P1761), was probably donated to Felipe IV by the Marquis of Leganés. By 1636 it was hanging in Madrid's Alcázar Palace.

 
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