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This morning we showed you a detail from an etching by Rembrandt on our social media pages. Did you guess what etching it is? The answer you can see here below: Rembrandt’s genre etching The rat-poison pedlar (‘The rat cather’) from 1632 (The Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam).

Genre etchings like this show us scenes from everyday life, sometimes conveying a certain message or saying something witty. In Rembrandt’s etching The rat-poison pedlar we see the pedlar carrying a pole. On the end of it is a basket containing live rats; dead animals below it are proof of the efficacy of the poison being peddled. Do you think there is an underlying message or witty statement hidden in this etching?

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