Lost Rembrandt found in Italy

Lost Rembrandt found in Italy

Rembrandt — Adoration of the Magi

The Italian news agency ANSA has reported the discovery of a painting that could be the lost “Adoration of the Magi” by Rembrandt van Rijn, possibly painted around 1632/1633.

The painting is property of an Italian family, who were unaware of its possible value until it was sent for restoration in 2016. According to the aforementioned source, the value of the work could be between €70 million and €200 million.

As usual in these cases, theartwolf.com recommends caution and a sensible dose of scepticism when it comes to this kind of news. The economic interests (just look at the aforementioned figures) are important enough to “encourage” many experts to take the attribution for granted. It should also be borne in mind that copies of this painting already exist, for example in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

Other rediscovered Rembrandts: in 2016, the Dutch dealer Jan Six acquired a “Portrait of a Young Gentleman”, considered to be a copy by Rembrandt, which two years later was attributed to the master himself. A few years earlier, a small work by Rembrandt — “The Unconscious Patient (an allegory of the sense of smell)” — was rediscovered in New Jersey, and auctioned shortly afterwards for just over a million dollars.

Rembrandt on the art market: some good works by Rembrandt have come on the market in recent times. These include the twin portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit, acquired jointly by the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum for $200 million. As for his religious paintings, his “St James the Greater” was auctioned for $25.8 million in 2007.

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