First it was thought to be a Rembrandt original. Then it was thought to be by someone in his studio. Now, a museum says it has 'clear evidence' that this painting is by the master himself.
A small art museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has declared that a 17th-century portrait, long considered the work of someone in Rembrandt's studio, is in fact by the Dutch master himself.
that a 17th-century portrait, long considered the work of someone in Rembrandt's studio, is in fact by the Dutch master himself.After sending the painting away for routine restoration, the Allentown Art Museum said that advanced imaging and conservation techniques had unveiled"clear evidence" that the artwork is a genuine masterpiece.
Created in 1632,"Portrait of a Young Woman" depicts a young female subject who is pictured in a number of Rembrandt's other paintings. When it was acquired by the museum in 1961, the oil-on-wood painting was widely believed to be an original.
The portrait is set to go on display in Allentown again in June.Credit:Shan Kuang / Allentown Art MuseumBut in the 1970s, the Rembrandt Research Project, a Dutch organization established to investigate attribution claims, dismissed the portrait as likely being the work an assistant or student.
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But after embarking on conservation efforts in 2018, experts noticed signs that it may be an original Rembrandt. According to Shan Kuang, a conservator at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts who worked on the project, thick layers of varnish from a previous restoration had darkened over time, obscuring the brushstrokes and hiding the depth of appearance the artist was celebrated for.
"It was the fashion, in the 1920s, to not see any texture," she said, explaining the previous restorer's decision to add varnish, in a phone interview."We call it a 'mirrored surface' -- people wanted to see their reflection, which is really counter to what a Rembrandt should look like.
"The restorer was so frustrated building up the layers of varnish to make the texture disappear, that he actually poured it on. It was the consistency of molasses, and you could actually see the drip marks."As this coating was removed and the original artist's brushwork was revealed,"it became very apparent very quickly that the painting was of a very high quality," Kuang said, adding that a number of experts have since studied the restored painting and credited it to Rembrandt.
A photograph taken mid-restoration shows the contrast between the heavily varnished (left) and restored (right) sections.Credit:Shan Kuang / Allentown Art Museum"A number of scholars and curators have now looked at it, supported the attribution and said that if this was in their museums, they'd label it as a Rembrandt. And I think that gave Allentown (Art Museum) the confidence to go ahead -- and rightfully so."
Rembrandt drawing 'hidden' in museum for 250 years foundAdvanced scanning techniques, including infrared reflectography, also helped"correct some of the prior observations and misinterpretations," Kuang said. In particular, assessments revealed that much of the young woman's clothing -- the source of some scholars' skepticism -- had been repainted. This means, the restorer explained, that sections of the painting considered not accomplished enough to be by Rembrandt had, in fact, been added at a later date.
Kuang also said that the signature used on this portrait is consistent with other works from that year, 1632, when the painter briefly wrote his name as"RHLvan Rijn," while he transitioned from using his initials to spelling out the word"Rembrandt."
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