Musical Entertainment at a Table

Onghers, Jan (1659-1735) | Painter


This depiction of a gallery interior is modelled on Dutch precedents. Schönfeld, however, adds six musicians performing in front of empty chairs: are they just playing for their own enjoyment or is this a day-time rehearsal? Or is the focus more on the paintings, some of which are the artist’s own creations? The motto above the right door “Artis oblectamento” (Delight in the Arts) idealises painting as the highest form of art, but aristocratic society also took pleasure in music.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
after 1690
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 1992