“Boy Playing a Fife,” a captivating work of art created around 1624 by the Dutch painter Hendrick Terbrugghen, is a testament to the Tenebrism style that he so masterfully employed. This genre painting, which has become a prominent piece within the realm of visual arts, depicts a young boy engaged in the act of playing a fife, an instrument akin to a small flute.
The artwork itself measures 71.3 x 56 cm and is painted on canvas, showcasing Terbrugghen’s skillful use of light and shadow to bring the scene to life. The painting is part of a series of works by Terbrugghen that feature youths and musicians, including other notable pieces such as “Boy Playing a Recorder” (1621), “Boy Lighting a Pipe” (1623), and “Singing Boy” (1627).
For those interested in exploring more of Terbrugghen’s oeuvre or obtaining a reproduction of “Boy Playing a Fife,” WikiArt.org offers a comprehensive visual art database where one can view high-resolution images of this and other genre paintings. The painting is in the public domain, allowing art enthusiasts to appreciate and share the image freely.