Trying to learn from the Dutch Masters.
Most of these were studied from the Utrecht School (active late 1500s to mid 1600s), who were highly influenced by my favorite painter Caravaggio.
This above is from a painting called "The Roman Charity," this was painted by Dirck van Baburen, Ruebens did 2 versions of this painting but it's not nearly as good as Baburen's interpretation.
I'm fairly confident that the above is a study of Hendrik Terbrugghen another Dutch master who did lots of paintings of people playing instruments before "slappin' skins."
Frans Hals (also up with Caravaggio in my list of favorite painters).
More of the same but with a Dutch Palace.
Also I haven't posted in a while and may not very soon because I don't have my scanner with me. Just moved here to Seattle and I'm also pretty busy finding a job along with going to school, so have mercy.