Fake Rembrandt painting might be real, says UK Museum
A painting rejected as a copy of Rembrandt’s work might be his real work.
Top of a Bearded Man was granted to the Ashmolean in Oxford in 1951 and was initially named one of the seventeenth-century painter’s initial works. Be that as it may, specialists dismissed it as a duplicate in 1982 and it was stored.
The gallery, which is running a Young Rembrandt show until November 1, brought in tree-ring dating master Peter Klein to decide the date of the wood utilized on the board. The dendrochronologist built up it originated from a similar tree utilized for Rembrandt’s Andromeda Chained to the Rocks and Jan Lievens’ Portrait of Rembrandt’s Mother.
Both were painted in around 1630 when they were working in Leiden, in the Netherlands. “The Ashmolean’s ‘Top of a Bearded Man was painted on a board which originated from an oak tree in the Baltic locale felled somewhere in the range of 1618 and 1628,” said Klein.
“Permitting at least two years for the flavouring of the wood, we can immovably date the picture to 1620-30.”
Gallery custodian A Van Camp called the revelation “inconceivably energizing” and said the work would now go in plain view close by different works from a similar period. Further examination will be done after the show finishes to decide if Rembrandt himself painted it, as bits of paint had been included by an obscure hand.
Another adaptation of the canvas, which shows a senior man looking sad, is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.
Rembrandt’s work from Leiden included comparable head examines.