Mystery Flemish Painting

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Mystery Flemish Painting

From Virgil Elliott

Published before 2005


The name I had trouble remembering last night just came back: Gerbrand van den Eeckhoudt, another of Rembrandt's students.

Looking at the signature of that painting again, I think what we see is what is left after part of it was inadvertently removed at some point when the painting was cleaned in restoration. In consideration of that, it could be a Rembrandt. The issue is clouded by the fact that many paintings from Rembrandt's circle, but not by Rembrandt himself, had "Rembrandt" signatures added later to pump up their market value. The Rembrandt Research Project is still trying to sort that out.

Virgil Elliott