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"The Queen of Instruments" - the Lute in Old Master Paintings Adam Busiakiewicz Tuesday 11 December 2018

Lecture

The lute holds a special place in the history of art. Painters of the Italian Renaissance depicted golden haired angels plucking its delicate strings evoking ideas of celestial harmony. In the sixteenth century, during the rise of humanism, the lute was becoming a pastime of educated courtiers as depicted in work by the likes of Holbein and Titian. Throughout the seventeenth century, the instrument continued to play a key role in emphasing the intimate, debauched and transient pleasures of interior scenes by Jan Steen and portraits by Frank Hals. The lecture looks at the lute and other musical instruments as devices to express various aspects of the human character through the ages.

Lecturer

Adam Busiakiewicz is an art historian, luteist and lecturer. His academic achievements include a BA in History from UCL, a Masters Degee in Fine and Decorative Art at the Sotheby's Institute of Art, London and he is currently undertaking a doctorate in Art History at Warwick University after winning a CADRE postgraduate scholarship in 2017. He was the youngest Guide Lecturer at the Wallace Collection and is cuurently planning an article on the Grevilles of Warwick Castle.