The man plays a lute. The owl on the window ledge may be a reference to sinfulness.
This painting has been generally accepted as a work of David Teniers the Younger, but it displays weaknesses of handling. It is painted in the style of the mid-1630s and may be a copy of a lost original.
The initials F/DB on the reverse of the panel may be those of the panel-maker François de Bout who became a master in the Antwerp guild of Saint Luke in 1637-8.
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