The work seems to depict a glimpse of the Padre Martini’s bookshelf, from which it originates: among the various writing instruments placed here and there, the shelves feature music practice books, or scores, and written works about theoretical and speculative music, whose
inscriptions on the spines recall the more than forty titles present in the book collection.
Giuseppe Maria Crespi (1665-1747)
oil on canvas, circa 1720/1730
Museo della Musica (Music Museum)