image: Strokes of Genius: Rembrandt's Prints and Drawings

Beggars Receiving Alms
at the Door of a House
,
1648
state two of three
etching, engraving, drypoint on European paper
Rosenwald Collection, 1943

Rembrandt's interest in beggars, peasants, and itinerants continued into the 1640s and 1650s. The composition here is more complex and monumental than the earlier prints showing one or two isolated beggars. The man is possibly an impoverished musician, for a hurdy-gurdy is just visible at his side, to the left of the boy's head.

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