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Name of Object:

The Concert

Also known as:

The Theft of The Ring

Location:

Rome, Italy

Holding Museum:

Borghese Gallery

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Date of Object:

1626-30

Artist(s) / Craftsperson(s):

Gerrit van Honthorst (called Gherardo delle Notti) (1592, Utrecth (Netherlands)-1656, Utrecht (Netherlands))

Museum Inventory Number:

31

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

h: 168 cm; w: 202 cm

Provenance:

Marcantonio Borghese Collection (?)

Type of object:

Painting

Place of production:

Rome

Description:

The painting, which was probably kept by the painter's family, is one of a series of Flemish works acquired in 1783 by Marcantonio Borghese. Gerrit van Honthorst, better known in Italy as Gherardo delle Notti, fitted in perfectly with the followers of Caravaggio in Rome, who revisited and reworked Merisi's favourite subjects, especially the secular themes. This piece, which dates from 1626–1630, apparently shows a simple musical theme, although in fact the composition