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Detail from Vermeer's Music Lesson
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The Neglected Lute

RCIN 405543

Van Mieris depicts a stock scene of seduction – a lady ready to play on her lute, plied with oysters and wine. In this eighteenth-century genre scene the setting is no longer a recognisable home, but an imaginary and impossibly palatial stage-set. Acquired by George IV in 1814 Cat. 13

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