"Singers Couple At Theorbe. Painter Caravagesque Nordic Seventeenth Century."Circle of Jan van Bijlert (1598-1671) Oil on canvas Total size given by the frame: 127 x 108 cm This beautiful Dutch painting is what is called a Caravaggesque school in the north and more precisely in Utrecht. Unlike works of the same "current", these painters often made their subjects on a light background. "During the first decade of the seventeenth century, Nordic painters made the trip to Rome, which had become traditional for all Western European artists wishing to escape provincialism, that is to say the delayed mannerism. Utrecht, city of the south of the Netherlands, where painters like Hendrick Ter Brugghen (1588-1629), Gerrit von Honthorst (1590-1656), Dirck van Baburen (1570-1624) and Jan van Bijlert (1598-1671) report the revolutionary art of Caravaggio (circa 1571-1610), will become the center of a new school and a new style, where the fusion of caravagism and the Nordic spirit takes place, which will inspire all great Dutch painting (except Rembrandt). In addition to a few examples from previous centuries, in which music made a kind of figuration in painting, the theme of the concert will be declining among painters throughout the seventeenth century. The artists marked their time with the sincere musical feeling expressed in their painted works, to celebrate a moment of pure human happiness claimed as such. Since the Renaissance and especially in the seventeenth century, artists are finally released religious subjects and open to all kinds of profane aspirations, without this in any way alter the strength of their faith. Very good state of conservation.