Manet’s “The Old Musician”

It is interesting to note that primarily being influenced by Velasquez, Manet also was aware of Caravaggio, and used an Italian “type” of boy in this painting. Examples of Caravaggio’s paintings are below. Manet eschewed the shadowed modeling in favor of flattened light, blown out highlights, and only cursory shadows.

Sick Young Bacchus by Caravaggio

The National Gallery of Art published an interesting article on this painting several years ago:

The Musicians (Youth Concert) by Caravaggio

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