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With this painting, Costa invented a type of image that would become very popular in northern Italy, particularly Venice, in the sixteenth century. The band of singers is engrossed in the camaraderie of their music; as she sings, the young woman keeps time by tapping her fingers against the marble ledge and her companion’s shoulder. He is deep in concentration, his eyes lowered towards the open book containing the musical composition. The young man behind him appears to be straining to reach or hold a note and he too is tapping time on the ledge.
oil on wood
H 95.3 x W 75.6 cm;
H 95.3 x W 75.6 cm
Salting Bequest, 1910