Rembrandt: false engravings at the Rijksmuseum

Rembrandt: false engravings at the Rijksmuseum
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Rembrandt van Rijn was also a fantastic engraver. Now, curators have been studying his engravings.

English: Jan Antonides van der Linden engravin...

English: Jan Antonides van der Linden engraving 12.5 x 10.5 cm 1665 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, the great news in the art world: Rembrandt and his false engravings. Because according to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam a lot of them are false.

According to a recent study, half of the engravings attributed to Rembrandt are false. In fact, during the last 50 years, Rembrandt’s work has been deeply study since he was a ‘victim’ of his own success. Then, a lot of contemporary and posterior artists wanted to imitate him and collectors to sell falsifications.

According to a study completed by the curators of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, half of the engravings attributed to the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) are not made by him. They were printed after his death by other artists.

After studying 18,000 prints, curators and Jaco Erik Hinterding have concluded that they were not mad in Rembrandt’s workshops or under his direction, because they were not printed during the life of the artist.

The explanation is that 315 Rembrandt’s copper plates were taken by others between 1625 and 1665. The new possessors printed in a very different quality from that used by Rembrandt, who in his later years used only Japanese paper. Furthermore, we can also differentiate these later false copies by their lower quality, since the original plates were losing sharpness with the passage of time. The museum also say that Rembrandt’s techniques created special effects in the engravings, much better that those of the false ones.

We could think that this discovery could be a disaster, but we would be wrong. Jaco Erik Hinterding believes that the discovery will lead to increase prices for copies attributed to Rembrandt. Then, The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has opened an exhibition of engravings by the master of chiaroscuro… Sometimes, life is a joke!

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