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Detail from Vermeer's Music Lesson
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A laughing Bravo with a Bass Viol and a Glass

RCIN 405531

Charles I’s inventory describes this figure as a ‘swaggering laffing fellowe’ – the embodiment of a carefree wastrel. During his visit to Rome, Ter Brugghen was inspired by Caravaggio’s gritty and violent realism, but he himself worked in a more painterly style and treated more amiable subjects. Acquired by Charles I Cat. 2

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