The model sits in a row of string instruments—a cello, viola, and violin—arranged from large to small, her soft curvature matching the carved shapes of the instruments. Antique tones of sepia wash over the tableau. Musical instruments have historically been used in art to represent love in its various forms. String instruments have a long history, appearing in art and myth, and often evoke feelings of poetry and worldliness. Man Ray’s Le Violon d’Ingres (Ingres’s Violin) features a nude woman with sound holes on her back.