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A happy young boy with a feather in his cap is depicted playing a fiddle. Yet the jolly tone is contradicted by the skull set on the table, which suggests that the musical subject refers to the transience of life, a frequent theme in Dutch seventeenth-century painting. This painting has been accepted by some experts as the work of Judith Leyster, who may have worked with Frans Hals in her early career.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
oil on oak panel
H 27.6 x W 32 cm
gift from Alfred de Pass in memory of Nora de Pass, 1936