Peasant Family on the Tramp, c. 1652

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A myth about Rembrandt is that he etched so many beggars—more than thirty etchings in all—because he felt alienated from society himself. It is true that he once portrayed himself as a beggar, but he was more attracted to the expressive faces, tattered clothing, and crumpled gait of these "low" subjects. Unusual for the time, Rembrandt gave his beggars real emotions and individualized faces, seemingly with a view toward stirring compassion in his viewers.

Details
Title
Peasant Family on the Tramp
Artist Life
1606–1669
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.1,284
Provenance
Unidentified dry stamp recto; D. Daulby' (L. 736a); Maximillian Wellner, (L. 1921a).
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 259 os; Mz.131 ii/ii; Holl.131 ii/ii; B.131; B-B. 52-3 ii/ii
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