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In this video from the Children’s Video Tour, viewers are introduced to Orazio Gentileschi’s 17th-century painting “The Lute Player.” In this painting, a young woman tunes her lute, a pear-shaped stringed instrument that was popular in Europe during the time this painting was made. Notice how the artist created sharp contrasts between light and shadow. The light falls across the young woman and highlights the instruments, while the rest of the scene is dark. Gentileschi was very skilled at creating a rich melody of textures in his paintings, such as the braids in the musician’s hair and the folds in her white blouse. What instruments do you play or most enjoy? On view in the West Building, Gallery 29. http://www.nga.gov/fcgi-bin/tinfo_f?object=46434

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