The Strolling Musicians

A work made of etching in black on tan laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on tan laid paper.

Date:

c. 1635

Artist:

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606-1669

About this artwork

In this cozy scene, two humble street performers serenade a peasant family with a hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes, instruments long associated with folk music and itinerant musicians. The older man cranks the wheel of the hurdy-gurdy, which functions like a mechanized fiddle, while playing the instrument’s keyboard. The younger man produces a melody by fingering the holes on the bagpipe’s lower pipe while the two upper pipes play single continuous bass notes. Their tune has elicited a mixed response: the small child smiles gleefully, while the little terrier huddles in fear.

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Artist

Rembrandt van Rijn

Title

The Strolling Musicians

Origin

Holland

Date

1630–1640

Medium

Etching in black on tan laid paper

Dimensions

139 x 116 mm (plate/image); 141 x 171 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1938.1785

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