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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669)
Beggar Man and Woman Behind a Bank, ca. 1630
Etching, drypoint, and burin, state V
3 7/16 x 2 6/8 inches (98 x 68 mm)
Gift of J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1924; RvR 240
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During the Leiden years, from about 1629 to 1631, Rembrandt produced a large number of etchings of street people and beggars. These were inspired by the well-known series of etchings by Jacques Callot published in 1622–23. The elderly figures emerging from behind a darkened bank were heavily reworked in drypoint. Their expressive faces recall Rembrandt's early self-portraits.

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