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19th Century Painting of Musketeers in an Interior


This amusing Italian genre oil painting on canvas by Novelli depicts a gallant courtship that captures the romanticized image of musketeers. Novelli illustrates four musketeers, three of them sitting on the right side of the painting while one of them stays on the left and can be seen playing the mandolin. In the background, sits another man, he wears an armor vest and helmet. His presence reminds the viewer that the musketeers, who are seen as flirtatious in the scene, are also men with prowess in battle. The attention, of course, is on the young women in the painting. The gazes from the men direct the viewer to her. She is seen flustered but with a smile due to the man's advancements.

Signed lower right: G. Novelli

Height 34"  (86.3 cm)
Width: 40" (101.6 cm)

Height: 35"  (88.9 cm)
Width: 25"  (63.5 cm)