Pietro Paolini, called il Lucchese (Lucca 1603-1681)
A young man holding bagpipes standing beside a table with a lute, a tambourine and a book of music oil on canvas 73 x 97.5 cm. (28¾ x 38 3/8 in.) in a carved Italian frame
Only two works in Paolinis oeuvre can be dated with any certainty: the Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine signed and dated 1636 and the Birth of Saint John the Baptist commissioned the following year for Santa Maria Corteorlandini. These are both dateable to immediately after the artists return to his home city of Lucca. The rest of his body of work is largely undocumented. The present work is typical of the artists genre paintings depicting musicians and their instruments such as the Concerto a cinque figure previously in the Open Gate Club, Rome (see Patrizia Giusti Maccari, Pietro Paolini, il pittore lucchese, Lucca 1987, p. 123., no. 38). The figure in Young man with bagpipes closely follows that of the musician playing the harpsichord on the far right of the Concerto a cinque figure, both in the distinctive facial expression and in the turn of his head over his shoulder towards the viewer.