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Rembrandt/Not Rembrandt in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Aspects of Connoisseurship, Volumes I and II

Rembrandt/Not Rembrandt in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Aspects of Connoisseurship, Volumes I and II

Von Sonnenburg, Hubert, Walter Liedtke, Carolyn Logan, Nadine M. Orenstein, and Stephanie S. Dickey
1995
32 illustrations
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Rembrandt—the mere mention of his art nowadays raises the issue of authenticity. As famous paintings have been withdrawn from the canon of his autograph work, journalists have played up the sensational news with stories of fakes or lost monetary value. The public, for which the very name Rembrandt has been synonymous with the word masterpiece, may well be perplexed about the processes by which the master's authorship can be established. The purpose of the present exhibition is to demystify the kind of research that goes on at a museum like the Metropolitan by demonstrating the different approaches that art historians and art conservators take in reaching their conclusions.

The Metropolitan Museum possesses one of the most significant groups of paintings, drawings, and etchings by the master, his pupils, and imitators—about eighteen paintings ascribed by common consent to Rembrandt, and about twenty-five that were once thought to be by him but are now recognized as works by pupils, followers, or, in a few cases, later imitators, as well as a large number of authentic drawings and etchings along with some problematic examples in these media. We have, therefore, limited the exhibition to the Museum's holdings. This has permitted us to focus more closely upon the works presented than would have been possible with loans from other museums.

Man with a Magnifying Glass, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on canvas
early 1660s
Portrait of a Woman, probably a Member of the Van Beresteyn Family, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on canvas
1632
Self-Portrait, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on canvas
1660
Portrait of a Man ("The Auctioneer"), Rembrandt  Dutch, Oil on canvas
probably ca. 1658–62
Bellona, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on canvas
1633
Portrait of a Man with a Breastplate and Plumed Hat, Rembrandt  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Portrait of a Woman, Rembrandt  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Lieven Willemsz van Coppenol (born about 1599, died 1671 or later), Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on oak
Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on canvas
1653
Man in a Turban, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on canvas
1632
Portrait of a Man, probably a Member of the Van Beresteyn Family, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on canvas
1632
Portrait of a Woman, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on wood
1633
Old Woman in an Armchair, Jacob Backer  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Portrait of a Young Woman with a Fan, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on canvas
1633
Herman Doomer (ca. 1595–1650), Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on wood
1640
Portrait of a Man Holding Gloves, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on wood
1648
The Standard Bearer (Floris Soop, 1604–1657), Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on canvas
1654
Head of Christ, Rembrandt  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Christ with a Staff, Rembrandt  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Portrait of a Man, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Oil on canvas
ca. 1655–60
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Sonnenburg, Hubertus von, ed. 1995. Rembrandt / Not Rembrandt in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1: Paintings: Problems and Issues / Hubert von Sonnenburg. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.