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The Queen of Instruments: the Lute within Old Master Paintings Adam Busiakiewicz Wednesday 11 March 2020

The lute holds a special place in the history of art: Renaissance painters depicted angels playing, evoking celestial harmony; in the 16th Century the lute became a pastime of educated courtiers, as portrayed by Titian and Holbein.  This talk looks at the lute and other musical instruments, as devices to express aspects of the human character through the ages.  Several pieces of live lute music will be performed during the talk.

Adam Busiakiewicz is an art historian, lutenist and lecturer.  Following a degree in history he gained an MA in Fine & Decorative Art and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Art History.  A guide lecturer at the Wallace Collection he gives regular talks, tours and lectures there and has lectured at the National Gallery.  His articles have appeared in the British Art Journal and Hispanic Lyra among others.