"Concert, Lionello Spada
Description of the picture:
Concert – Lionello Recession. Around 1615. Oil on canvas. 138×177
The painter Spada studied painting at the Bologna Academy, but, having visited Rome, Naples and Malta, the towns where his senior craft worker Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived and worked, fell under the influence of his work, not quite similar to the academic art of Bologna masters.
In this picture, the painter depicted concert preparation. The manager of a small ensemble gives out scores, the boy-vocalist inspires one of the musicians with inspiration, the other participants in the upcoming performance are tuning the instruments. The action takes place in a dark room, where the light pours, reviving the multi-colored vestments, a technique dating back to Caravaggio’s painting. But if his precisely directed magical light reveals drama in the depicted, then in Spada the lighting is more diffuse and makes the scene cozy.
The main thing that his follower took from Caravaggio was his desire to express the truth of life, although representatives of the Bologna colorful school gravitated towards this in their own way. But neither the dramatic and most conscientious outlook on reality, which was characteristic of Caravaggio, nor the loftiness and academicity of the Recession Bolognaes did not inherit. In general, that light, direct mood that was inherent in the earlier works of the first reigns in the picture.
In the outside world, Spada was able to catch and transfer to the canvas a joyful and light noise that sounds like music to him. The moment of the instrument options was perhaps more interesting to him than the concert itself, as it made it possible to present a lively scene and portray characters in various states."