In the art world, depending on whether a painting is associated with a renowned artist or with one of its imitators, however gifted he was, does not have the same price, nor the same fame. Suffice to say that it is a small earthquake that is happening, around the Ashmolean Museum, located in Oxford, England, as detailed The Guardian. From September 2, he will be exhibiting a work that is the subject of debate in the art world.
This is a postcard-sized portrait called “Head of a Bearded Man” and believed to have been painted directly by the famous Rembrandt. But, almost 40 years ago, in 1981, the Rembrandt Research Project, a group of specialists focusing on the works of the Dutch artist, believed it was a fake. An Van Camp, curator of the Ashmolean Museum, has obviously decided to revive the debate. “This is what Rembrandt was doing. He made tiny studies of the faces of old men who looked desperate, melancholy and thoughtful. This is very typical of what Rembrandt did in Leiden, around 1630”.
Another detail supports his vision of the work. The wooden panel which serves as a support for the painting comes from the same tree as the one in the painting Andromeda Chained … which is indeed the work of Rembrandt, in 1630. This is what a specialist in dendrochronology, a method of dating wood, concluded. The Rembrandt Project Research had estimated that this was an “imitation painting” and could even have been done after the artist’s death. But according to the curator, it would at least have been painted in her studio. It remains to be seen, or not, the artist’s leg in painting. Its exhibition from Wednesday September 2 may well revive the debates.
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