Inventory number
P01550
Author
Jordaens, Jacob (Flemish)
Title
Three Buskers
Chronology
1645-1650
Technique
Óleo
Support
Tabla
Dimensions
49 cm x 64 cm
School
Flamenca
Theme
Escena de música y danza
On display
No
Provenance
Royal Collection

A bust depiction of three street musicians. The first plays a flute while the other two sing from sheet music held by one of them.

The sketchy rendering and vigorous brushstrokes mark this as a preliminary study. However, as no known work of Jordaens uses similar figures, his authorship has long been in doubt.

The very loose rendering and large amount of paint in the brushstrokes of the flesh tones, as well as the strong touches of white, recall the youthful period of Van Dyck (1599-1641), who has also been proposed as its author.

This work is documented as one of the paintings acquired by Carlos IV while he was Prince of Asturias.

 
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