A nocturnal view of the face of a jovial musician, holding a glass of wine and a fiddle, is lit by an unseen candle. The rendition of warm leathery textured skin tones, illuminated by an isolated light at night, against highlighted colourful clothing, is a feature of the artist.
Stom is among the third generation of artists who followed Caravaggio who came from Holland and trained in Utrecht. By 1630 he was in Rome, he also lived in Naples and by 1641 he had moved to Sicily, where he died.
Where to see this painting?
National Trust, Kingston Lacy
Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England, BH21 4EA
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