This is another example of the slightly misleading titles that Rembrandt's prints have acquired over the centuries. The scene actually depicts a blind hurdy-gurdy player, which explains why the woman and children are listening with such rapt attention, and why his eyes have a sightless look about them. It is one of a number of prints in which he experimented with nocturnal scenery and the effects of light. Particularly evocative is the passage where the light, coming from a hidden source inside the house falls on the head and shoulders of the woman and catches the tip of the old man's face.
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