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The National Gallery
- Statens Museum for Kunst - in Copenhagen, Denmark
found 2
two genuine Rembrandt paintings by the master himself in their archives.
Two
paintings that have lived a life of obscurity in the collections at the National Gallery
after having been rejected as genuine Rembrandts at different points during the 20th century.



  Study of an Old Man in Profile, c. 1630
approximately 20 x 25 cm or 8" x 10", oil on canvas
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69)


The small Study of an Old Man in Profile is find made by Karl Madsen at Fredensborg Castle, where he discovered the painting in a storage in 1899. However, Rembrandt scholars doubted this attribution from as far back as 1933 onwards.
Their doubts were mainly caused by the coarse style of painting. The scholars of the time found it difficult to reconcile this coarseness with what they thought of as the typically very meticulous and carefully finished style of Rembrandt's early works.
Recent art history has, however, pointed out that even during the earliest stage of his career - the years spent painting in his native town of Leiden - Rembrandt experimented with broader and more varied brushstrokes. Like other works by the young Rembrandt, this small painting appears to be a practice piece. X-ray studies bear out this theory by showing us that the old man's head was painted on top of another head that appears in several of Rembrandt's paintings from those years.
At the same time, studies of the wooden panel show that the wood can be traced back to Rembrandt in terms of both geography and time.


See Article to WWAR Art News, Columbus, Ohio and Editorial Croquis, Buenos Aires




 
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Study of an Old Man in Profile -Two genuine Rembrandt paintings found in Copenhagen, Denmark - by Asbjorn Lonvig
Study of an Old Man in Profile -Two genuine Rembrandt paintings found in Copenhagen, Denmark - by Asbjorn Lonvig
Study of an Old Man in Profile -Two genuine Rembrandt paintings found in Copenhagen, Denmark - by Asbjorn Lonvig
Study of an Old Man in Profile -Two genuine Rembrandt paintings found in Copenhagen, Denmark - by Asbjorn Lonvig
Study of an Old Man in Profile -Two genuine Rembrandt paintings found in Copenhagen, Denmark - by Asbjorn Lonvig
Study of an Old Man in Profile -Two genuine Rembrandt paintings found in Copenhagen, Denmark - by Asbjorn Lonvig
Study of an Old Man in Profile -Two genuine Rembrandt paintings found in Copenhagen, Denmark - by Asbjorn Lonvig
Study of an Old Man in Profile -Two genuine Rembrandt paintings found in Copenhagen, Denmark - by Asbjorn Lonvig