Old Man with Beard recognised as true Rembrandt
Researchers have added another painting to Rembrandt van Rijn’s portfolio. Ernst van de Wetering, head of the Rembrandt Research Group, said so yesterday at the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam where the painting is on loan.
The clincher appears to have been a portrait of the master that was found hiding underneath Old Man with Beard, a painting from 1630.
The self-portrait’s style confirms that the Old Man, an oil on panel, was painted by Rembrandt around 1630, shortly before his move to Amsterdam, where he made his name as [a] painter of portraits with uncompromising realism. To some extent, the two images follow the same dimensions and there is considerable overlap.