The Violin Player (1626). Gerrit van Honthorst (Dutch, 1592-1656).Oil on canvas.
This violin player looks at us with a provocative grin. The brightly coloured fantasy costume with plunging neckline and her befeathered hair-do add to her frolicsome appearance. She is probably a high-class harlot, which is why she plays the fiddle, for in the 17th century this instrument had erotic overtones.