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Vermeer and the Lute Adam Busiakiewicz Monday 19 February 2018

Musical instruments are found throughout the paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, which include the likes of lutes, harpsichords, viols and various wind instruments. Despite this, knowledge of their symbolic meaning, and how they sounded to their original participants, is often lost on the modern audiences. The associations of music with love and intimacy, conforming to the sound quality and tone of the instruments of the period, help to unravel their meaning in the vast amount of pictures they feature within. From the brothel scenes by Jan Steen, to the solemn interiors of Vermeer and Pieter de Hooch, this lecture will chart the vast meaning and rich significance of music to their works. 

As part of this presentation, there will be several pauses for live music performed on a faithfully reproduced Lute.


Adam Busiakiewicz is an art historian and lutenist based in London. He is a Guide Lecturer at the Wallace Collection and has given several talks on paintings the National Gallery, London.

The Lute Player - Hendrick Martensz Sorgh, 1661 - Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 

The lecture will start promptly at 8:00pm in the William Barry Theatre at the University of West London in St Mary's Road.

Admission to the room is from 7:15 when a glass of wine will be available.  

Some parking is to be found in the UWL car park accessed from The Park on the north side of the campus. Otherwise, parking restrictions in the surrounding streets are lifted from 7:30 pm.

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