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Portray Dismissed as Rembrandt Copy May Really Be Actual, Says UK Museum

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“Head of a Bearded Man” was bequeathed to the Ashmolean in Oxford in 1951 and was initially categorised as one of many seventeenth century painter’s early works.

However specialists rejected it as a replica in 1982 and it was put into storage.

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The museum, which is operating a “Younger Rembrandt” exhibition till November 1, known as in tree-ring courting skilled Peter Klein to find out the date of the wooden used on the panel.

The dendrochronologist established it got here from the identical tree used for Rembrandt’s “Andromeda Chained to the Rocks” and Jan Lievens’ “Portrait of Rembrandt’s Mom”.

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Each had been painted in about 1630 after they had been working in Leiden, within the Netherlands.

“The Ashmolean’s ‘Head of a Bearded Man’ was painted on a panel which got here from an oak tree within the Baltic area felled between 1618 and 1628,” stated Klein.

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“Permitting a minimal of two years for the seasoning of the wooden, we will firmly date the portrait to 1620-30.”

Museum curator An Van Camp known as the invention “extremely thrilling” and stated the work would now go on show alongside different works from the identical interval.

Additional investigation can be carried out after the present ends to find out whether or not Rembrandt himself painted it, as touches of paint had been added by an unknown hand.

One other model of the portray, which reveals an elder man wanting downcast, is within the Museum of Advantageous Arts in Houston, Texas.

Rembrandt’s work from Leiden included comparable head research.

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