In the centre a young man playing a viola da gamba is garlanded by a woman, whilst others pick blossom and gather blooms. Venetian artists in the first half of the sixteenth century painted numerous pastoral scenes in which youths languidly make music. It is likely that no specific subject was intended beyond an idyllic union of the beauties of landscape and music. The oblong format suggests that the panel formed part of a series which decorated a room, possibly a library. The Venetian artist, Paris Bordone, specialised in small mythological scenes.
Where to see this painting?
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, B15 2TS
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.