Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Recognized Rembrandt

A portrait (DETAIL ABOVE) of Dirck van Os III (1590-1668), a well-respected Dutch citizen, was purchased in 1942 from a private collection by the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. It hung on the wall for 45 years as the work of Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, but was then demoted – believed to have been by a student of the master – and later placed in storage. In 2010, one of the world's foremost authorities on Rembrandt, Ernst van de Wetering, had a look and later asked that it be sent to Amsterdam for further analysis and conservation. That done, he has restored the painting's reputation as an original Rembrandt. Executive director of the museum Jack Becker understates, "It's unusual that it goes this way. It usually goes the other way. So that's exciting."

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