The Duet (1624). Gerrit van Honthorst (Dutch, 1592-1656). Oil on canvas.
A hearty man and an alluringly clad young woman stand together over an open book singing by candlelight. Their lips parted in song, the couple wears sumptuous, theatrical clothing of feathers, fur and brightly colored fabrics. The flame of the partially obscured candle provides the only illumination and bathes the soft fur of the man’s robe and the bare skin of the woman’s breast in a warm glow.