Circle of Bartolomeo Bettera
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- Bartolomeo Bettera
- Two still lifes with musical instruments
- both oil on canvas, unlined
- the first: 54 by 98.2 cm.; 21 1/4 by 38 5/8 in.
the second: 57.2 by 99.8 cm.; 22 1/2 by 39 1/4 in.
This pair of musical still lifes, that likely originally served as overdoors, are a product of a tradition popularized by Bettera's fellow bergamasco Evaristo Baschenis (1607-1677), who was responsible for introducing this genre into the Bergamo School of painting in the 17th century. The popularity of musical themes among the artists of this region can be explained by the proximity to Bergamo of the important Lombard stringed instrument manufacturing centre, Cremona.
An attribution to Bartolomeo's son and pupil, Bonaventura Bettera (Bergamo 1663-1718), has been suggested by Alessandro Morandotti.