Ashmolean's 'Rembrandt' Upgraded

September 1 2020

Image of Ashmolean's 'Rembrandt' Upgraded

Picture: Ashmolean Museum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

This story was published over the weekend explaining that the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has recently upgraded a painting that was 'long rejected as a fake and consigned to a museum basement'.

The painting of an old man was downgraded by the Rembrandt Research Project in 1981 who described the work as possibly being a late seventeenth century imitation. Recent dendrochronology undertaken by Peter Klein has suggested otherwise. Scientific investigations have shown that the wood panel was felled between 1618-28 and came from the same tree that produced panels for other works by Rembrandt and Jan Lievens. With this evidence in mind, the work has been upgraded to 'Workshop of Rembrandt'.

The painting will be added to the museum's Young Rembrandt exhibition, which is on display until 1st November 2020.

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