Il Concerto

The Concert

Giorgio o Zorzi da Castelfranco detto Giorgione

Author
Giorgio o Zorzi da Castelfranco detto Giorgione
Castelfranco 1476/1477 - Venezia 1510
Title
The Concert
Date
ca. 1507
Technique and material
Oil on canvas
Support
Canvas, 86 x 70 cm
Provenance
On five-year loan from a private collection
Hall
Hall VIII

The object in the foreground the main figure is holding was thought to be a stone, leading scholars to believe that the man was the biblical hero Samson, who was condemned to turning a millstone after he was captured. Infra-red reflectography and recent restoration work have revealed that the object is in fact the back of a stringed musical instrument and the work has been identified as the Three Great Singing Heads by Giorgione as documented in the Gabriele Vendramin inventory (1567–1569)