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Authentic Rembrandt Painting Emerges From Hiding

Rembrandt. Eleazar Swalmius (detail). 1637.ANTWERP, BELGIUM — “The painting has been there since 1886, but it is only now that the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp is 100% sure: the portrait of Eleazar Swalmius is an authentic Rembrandt.” So leads De Morgen’s culture page.

The painting of the preacher, which had been part of a collection belonging to Louis XIV’s brother, the Duke of Orléans, was bought by the museum for 200,000 francs (the equivalent of 5,000 euros). For many years it was attributed to Govert Flinck, another painter of the period, and at one point was even placed in storage.

An anonymous Dutch businessman financed the recent restoration, which removed several layers of yellowed varnish to reveal “a magnificent and dazzling work.” Fresh evidence from x-rays, and more research on the signature and the threads used in the canvas have left no doubt about its authenticity.

Dutch art historian and Rembrandt expert Ernst van de Wetering explains that “the freedom in the structuring of the image, the manner of painting and the temperament are typically Rembrandt.”

[Source: presseurop]


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What’s In a Name? Possibly Everything, for an Artist

Artist signatures are often as coveted as the artwork they create. After all, in terms of authenticity an artist’s signature can be the ultimate seal of approval. So have you ever wondered where some of your favorite featured Park West Gallery artists got their monikers?

  • François Ledan | aka “Fanch” — a Breton nickname for François
  • Pablo Picasso | birth name: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso (imagine signing that on a canvas!) — a series of names honoring various saints and relatives, with Ruiz and Picasso for his father and mother, respectively, as per Spanish custom
  • Yaacov Agam | birth name: Yaacov (or “Jacob”) Gipstein
  • Rembrandt van Rijn | birth name: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
  • Erté | pseudonym derived from French pronunciation of R.T. — the initials of his birth name: Romain de Tirtoff
  • Francisco Goya | birth name: Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
  • Marc Chagall | birth name: Moishe Shagal — a dialectal North-Eastern Yiddish variant of the surname “Segal”
  • Salvador Dalí | birth name: Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech (say that five times fast!)
  • Peter Max | birth name: Peter Max Finkelstein
  • Csaba Markus | Csaba, meaning “he who leaves his country” and Markus, a traditional Hungarian surname derived from Mars (the Greek god of war)

Read the biographies of your favorite Park West Gallery artists