Saturday 8 August 2009

Rembrandt Confirmed

This Portrait of Pastor Swalmius (1637) has long been thought of as a work by one of Rembrandt's pupils. It has recently undergone restoration to remove layers of dark varnish, and curators at Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts were cock-a-hoop when they discovered the master's signature. If you happen to be visiting Antwerp, the painting goes on public display at the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten today (CLICK). If not, visit its website to view the splendidly buxom Sitting Nude with mouth-watering cherry-red nipples by Modigliani, one of the few "modern art" painters whose works I admire. I wonder what the good pastor would have made of those nipples. He would probably have denounced them as works of the Devil.


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