The Music Lesson by Metsu

METSU painted high life and low life without moralizing about either. Here is one of the most genteel of his canvases, as fragile and delicate in tone as it is in anecdote.

It is not very often that we find three paintings within the compass of a single frame. Hanging on the wall in the background is a Ruysdael landscape. Beside it is a much larger canvas, "The Twelfth Night Feast" by Metsu himself; two versions of this picture are now in Philadelphia. The Dutch painters frequently used pictures as backgrounds, not in the nature of a joke or trick, but as elements of design and composition.

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