The Lute Player (1838). Friedrich von Amerling (Austrian, 1803-1887). Oil on canvas. Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna.
Von Amerling was able to combine the stylishness of English portrait painters with the realist traditions of Viennese bourgeois portraiture. One of his specialties was the one-figure genre painting, in which the subjects appear in a costume alien to the milieu, as in The Lute Player.