Discovering Dou

March 28 2011

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Picture: Brooklyn Museum

These museum basement discoveries continue apace; now the Brooklyn Museum has discovered a 1631 work by Gerrit Dou, which had been languishing in their stores described as a contemporary copy. 

The museum's new curator of European art, Richard Aste, reviewed the gallery's holdings and decided to show the 4x6 inch panel to a number of colleagues and experts. Now that it is considered to be by Dou, further research is being undertaken to see if it is a self-portrait.

Interestingly, given the debate in the UK on deacessioning, the picture had been earmarked for possible sale.  

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