Girl Interrupted at Her Music   (c. 1658-1659)
Artist:  Johannes Vermeer, Dutch (1632 - 1675)
oil on canvas
Overall: 15 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (39.4 x 44.5 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest
The Frick Collection
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Music-making, a recurring subject in Vermeer s interior scenes, was associated in the seventeenth century with courtship. In this painting of a duet or music lesson momentarily interrupted, the amorous theme is reinforced by the picture of Cupid with raised left arm dimly visible in the background; the motif is derived from a popular book on emblems of love published in 1608 and symbolizes fidelity to a single lover.

Source: Art in The Frick Collection: Paintings, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996.
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