A nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to an unknown artist in Rembrandt's studio is now deemed to be a work of the Dutch master himself and thanks to technology
For decades the Allentown Art Museum exhibited an oil-on-oak panel painting titled "Portrait of a Young Woman" and attributed it to "Rembrandt's Workshop". Two years ago, the painting was sent to New York University for preservation and cleaning.[/ et_pb_text] [et_pb_image src = "https://mk0auctionlabnetbmb9.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/rembrandt-NYC-real-DEAL.jpg" _builder_version = "4.3.2"] [/ et_pb_image ] [et_pb_text _builder_version = "4.3.2"]
For decades the Allentown Art Museum exhibited an oil-on-oak panel painting titled "Portrait of a Young Woman" and attributed it to "Rembrandt's Workshop". Two years ago, the painting was sent to New York University for preservation and cleaning.
There the restorers began to remove the coats of dark, thick repaint and varnish that had been added over the centuries - and they began to suspect that Rembrandt himself was responsible for the original, delicate brushwork.
“Our painting had many coats of varnish and it really obscured what you could see of the original brush, as well as the original color,” said Elaine Mehalakes, vice president of the Allentown Art Museum.
The curators used a variety of tools, including x-rays, infrared and electron microscopy, to support the idea that this was the work of one of the most important and revered artists of the history.
Scientific analysis "showed a brushwork, and a liveliness of this work, which is very much in line with other works by Rembrandt," said Shan Kuang, a curator at the Institute of Fine Arts of the New York University who restored "Portrait of a Young Woman".
External experts who examined the 1632 painting after the completion of its two-year restoration agreed with NYU's assessment that it is an authentic Rembrandt.
When "Portrait of a Young Woman" was bequeathed to the museum in 1961, it was considered a Rembrandt. About ten years later, a panel of experts determined that he had been painted by one of his assistants. Such changes in attribution are not unusual: Over the centuries, as many as 688 and even 265 paintings have been attributed to the artist, according to Mehalakes.[/ Et_pb_text] [/ et_pb_column] [/ et_pb_row] [/ et_pb_section]