‘Self-Portrait, Wearing a Feathered Bonnet’ (1635) will be displayed at Dulwich Picture Gallery as part of the ‘Am I Rembrandt?’ exhibition (8 November – 5 March 2017). The show will explore the lengthy investigations conducted by curators and conservators into the painting’s authenticity. Continue reading
“Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet” by the Dutch master Rembrandt has gone on display in Britain after it was thought it might be leaving the country for good.
Concerns were raised after it was bought at Sotheby’s in a private sale in June 2015 for £35m, and the new owners applied for an export license. Ed Vaizey, the culture minister, prohibited its export until February this year in the hope that a British buyer would come forward. A £12.5m tax concession would have been offered on the sale.
That deadline has long passed, but the new owners have decided to keep the painting in the UK, loaning it to the National Museum Cardiff, in Wales, where it will be on display until March 2019.
The picture is of a wealthy Amsterdam woman and dates from 1657, twelve years before the artist’s death. It was exhibited as part of the Rembrandt: The Late Works exhibition at the National Gallery in London which then transferred to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Dr Christopher Brown, former director of the Ashmolean Museum, described it as as “one of the greatest Old Masters in this country and one of finest portraits ever made by Rembrandt”.
The Rembrandt was acquired by 1st Baron Penrhyn in 1860 and has been in Wales ever since. Speaking to the New York Times, Andrew Renton, the museum’s senior exhibition specialist, expressed his delight that the painting will be remaining in the country. “It’s obviously very exciting for the museum to have a work of this quality on show in the museum,” he said. “It’s also important for us because the picture has a long history in Wales, so it’s part of our heritage.”
Rembrandt’s famous ‘An Old Man in Military Costume’, which depicts an old soldier in his military attire, has a secret. Beneath the painting of an old man a second figure has been discovered, also dressed in uniform. Continue reading
After eight years of research, the Mauritshuis in Holland has got one its most famous paintings back. For more than forty years the painting Saul and David was labelled ‘Rembrandt and/or Studio’. From now on, it will carry a full attribution to the Dutch master. Continue reading
Susanna and the Elders (1647) is one of Rembrandt’s most celebrated masterpieces. The grand history painting, depicting the Biblical story of Susanna being blackmailed by lustful elders, hangs in the Gemäldegalerie museum in Berlin. Continue reading