Henrick Terbrugghen's Lute Player will auction at Sotheby's

Henrick Terbrugghen's Lute Player is among the top lots of an old masters sale at Sotheby's New York on January 29.

The work is valued at $250,000-350,000.

Henrick Terbrugghen lute
Henrick Terbrugghen was an influential follower of Caravaggio

Terbrugghen (1588-1629) was a Dutch golden age painter and a follower of Caravaggio.

During the renaissance era a number of artists travelled to Rome and found themselves blown away by Caravaggio's pioneering St Matthew paintings in the Contarelli Chapel.

His pioneering use of lighting and realism was to prove a potent influence on artists across Europe.

Terbrugghen was one of the first to return and spread his ideas through the Netherlands.

Over the course of 10 years from 1615 onwards he built up a celebrated body of work, often featuring musicians.

Another piece, titled The Bagpipe Player in Profile, sold for a record $10m at Sotheby's in 2009.

Giovanni della Robbia's Judith Holding the Head of Holofernes is valued at $200,000-300,000.

The work is one of six versions of Della Robbia's composition. The others are held in some of the world's most prestigious collections, including Budapest's Szepmuveszeti Muzeum.

Giovanni's great uncle, Luca della Robbia, pioneered the technique of applying glaze to terracotta during the early 15th century.

The present lot continues in this tradition, displaying bold shades of blue and yellow.

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