Jan 9, 2007

The Strolling Musicians

The Strolling Musicians

c. 1635

Rembrandt van Rijn

(Dutch, 1606–1669)

Etching and drypoint

Support: Cream(3) laid paper

Sheet: 14.5 x 11.8 cm (5 11/16 x 4 5/8 in.); Platemark: 14.1 x 11.5 cm (5 9/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1976.54

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein 119 (XVIII.63)

State: i/ii



Although 17th-century Holland produced neither noteworthy composers nor renowned performers, rarely has another culture produced so many visual images of music as the Dutch. In this depiction of a pair of itinerant musicians wearily shuffling from door to door, Rembrandt reveals his compassionate understanding of human frailties. The hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes, as depicted here, were frequently associated with itinerant beggars and blind street singers in paintings and prints of the period.

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