Harp, ca. 1770, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Oslo.
Now, take a closer look. Cause the harp on display is the very same one as seen in the portrait on the wall. The. Very. Same. Every little detail has been carefully painted in the portrait, to the point where I had trouble distinguishing between closeups of the harp and closeups of the painting on my computer.
The harp belonged to Louis Claude le Normand de Bretteville (1744-1835), a French nobleman relocating to Denmark during The French Revolution. He got multiple children in Denmark and Norway, and through various ways both his portrait and his harp ended up in the National Museum in Oslo.
Museums often create historical environments showing similar artefacts and attires as seen in paintings. First time I realized they hadn’t just displayed a similar harp, but THE VERY SAME ONE, it totally floored me. It’s quite amazing to realize both the instrument and the portrait survived the revolution and the transfer to Scandinavia, and that they’re still united.