Masterpieces of the Golden Age

Jan Steen's self-portrait as a lutenist


Artist Jan Steen
Title Self-portrait as a lutenist
Year c.1663
Technique Oil on panel
Current location Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain

Jan Steen

Jan Steen(1626-1679) is well-known for his paintings of cheerful groups in chaotic environments. Especially interesting are his, usually not very flattering, self-portraits. He could not make a living by painting alone, and also ran a tavern in his home. This tavern is the setting for several of his paintings.

Self-portrait as a lutenist

Self-portrait as a lutenist

Self-portrait as a lutenist is on permanent display in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain.