New Rembrandt painting discovered

A Dutch art dealer noticed that in this portrait, the young man wore a collar painted in a style that only Rembrandt used. Kim Kardashian West has more than 111 million Instagram followers.
A Dutch art dealer noticed that in this portrait, the young man wore a collar painted in a style that only Rembrandt used.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

AMSTERDAM • Dutch art dealer Jan Six saw something in a painting that nobody had noticed for four centuries.

In the portrait of a well-dressed young man with red hair, he wears a collar which was in fashion for only a short time around 1633 - and was painted in a style that only Dutch master Rembrandt used in those days.

On Wednesday, the painting was presented as the first "new" Rembrandt to surface since 1974. It will be on display at the Hermitage museum in Amsterdam for a month.

Mr Six, 39, had seen the artwork at a 2016 auction in London and snapped up Portrait Of A Young Gentleman, painted at around 1634, for a bargain at £137,000. The specialist on Dutch and Flemish old masters then spent 18 months using X-ray techniques and analysis of paint samples to prove he had bought a real Rembrandt. He eventually won the backing of more than a dozen Rembrandt experts.

The artwork is thought to have been painted when the artist was 28.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2018, with the headline 'New Rembrandt painting discovered'. Print Edition | Subscribe