Giuseppe Ghedina (Italy, 1825-1896) The music lesson, circa 1860 Oil on canvas H 141 x W 179 cm Signed: G. Ghedina Provenance: Château de Prépinson, Sologne
Trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and awarded the gold medal in the competition, Giuseppe Ghedina (1825-1898) worked mainly in northern Italy, collaborating on various church decoration projects. On the secular side, the artist is best known for his portraits.
This painting represents a music lesson, composed of a group of three elegantly dressed ladies, listening to a musician playing the lute and accompanied on vocals by a man holding a musical score in hand. This artist’s genre scene is distinguished by the softness of the eyes, the romanticism of the attitudes and the harmony of the tones used.