The anonymous scene from the early 17th century shows a young singer, one of the most unknown trades of modernity. Historiography often refers to crafts as manual trades (tailors, painters, carpenters…), forgetting or denigrating musical knowledge despite the importance given to their learning by authors such as Plato and Aristotle. The representation depicts a young man singing a melody in an intimate space, which suggests that he is rehearsing for a recital in front of an audience, most likely in a church or parish church, which were musical centres par excellence during the modern period.
Project: 3. Rural world and urban world in the formation of the European identity., 4. Family, daily life and social inequality in Europe.
Scope: Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University
Resource type: Image
Format: Oil on canvas (70,7 x 60,3 cm)
Source: Museo del Prado (Madrid)
Date: Primer tercio del siglo XVII
Owner: Álvaro Romero González (Modernalia)
Copyright: Museo del Prado (Madrid)
Abstract: Anonymous portrait of a young singer singing along with his sheet musicImage