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Four Musicians with Wind Instruments

Rembrandt1638

The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum

Rembrandt may have made this drawing after witnessing a pageant in 1638 that included Africans and troupes of actors. The subject corresponds to descriptions of African musicians made at the time of the event. This work is one of four drawings on the subject; all display the same complex combination of media—atypical of Rembrandt's drawing technique—with red and yellow chalks, subtle tonal shifts from brown to reddish brown, and an impressively bold line.

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