Rembrandt 'fakes' are real thing
Two paintings previously thought to be fake Rembrandts were actual works by the Dutch master, Copenhagen's National Gallery said yesterday.
International art experts have re-evaluated 10 canvases that bear Rembrandt's signature but were kept in storage for years because they were thought to be copies by his students. The five experts concluded that two of the paintings were by Rembrandt, said the director of the museum, Allis Helleland.
"It is a delightful day for the National Gallery," Mr Helleland told reporters. "We are happy today because we have solved a mystery."
Using state-of-the-art technology the experts established that the paintings - The Crusader, from between 1659 and 1691, and Old Man in Profile, from about 1630 - were genuine Rembrandts. The paintings were removed from display in 1946 and 1982, respectively, after the paint strokes were deemed too coarse to be by Rembrandt and were attributed to unknown painters in his studio.
The Crusader, measuring 79cm by 65cm (31ins by 26ins) is a sketch on canvas for a painting, The Knight with the Falcon, that hangs in the Goteborg Museum of Art in Sweden.
The smaller Old Man in Profile is 20cm by 16cm and is a practice piece on oak wood.
Mr Helleland said no price could be put on the two Rembrandts because, under Danish law, paintings belonging to a state-financed museum cannot be sold. He declined to reveal the insurance value.