“Magic Scene with Self-Portrait” Pieter Bodding van Laer (Christened 14 December 1599 – c. 1642).
The painting is an unusual twist to the association of canons and learnedness. A sorcerer receives more than he bargained for, yelling in terror as the devil he has conjured approaches from just outside the picture frame. The three-voice canon prominently displayed in the foreground bears the text Il diavolo non burla, non burla? “the devil doesn’t jest, doesn’t jest.”