The blind Fiddler

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Like his master, Adriaen van Ostade, Bega was a painter of taverns and peasant subjects. A drawing or print of an owl is fixed to the wall on the left. As owls do not see well by day, it has been suggested that this may refer to the blindness of the fiddler, plucking the strings of his instrument.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



The blind Fiddler


oil on canvas


H 35 x W 30 cm

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Presented by Revd Henry George Woods, 1897

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