Good write-up on Rembrandt (and not-Rembrandt) drawings exhibited at the Getty

December 7, 2009 – 10:19 pm

TFM found this assessment of the current show at the Getty in Los Angeles on Google’s blog network.

Before he died 340 years ago, Rembrandt van Rijn lost his house, studio and most of his money. He even sold his wife’s grave to pay bills.

Since then, he’s also been stripped of credit given to him for hundreds of drawings and paintings.

Experts say many works, once believed to be Rembrandt’s, were done by students who would sit at his side, use the same model and come up with similar drawings or paintings.

At one time, Rembrandt was credited with 611 paintings. In the 1930s, scholars said only about half were his. Now comes a study of about a thousand ink drawings once thought to be the Dutch master’s. Between a third and a half of them were done by his students, said Lee Hendrix, senior curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Department of Drawings.

An exhibition based on 30 years of research and called “Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference” will be on display at the Getty from Dec. 8 to Feb. 28. There will be more than 40 pairings, showing Rembrandt’s drawings next to those by pupils such as Govert Flinck, Ferdinand Bol, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Carel Fabritius and Nicolaes Maes…..”

Read the rest here:Rembrandt, who died a pauper, losing bits of what history called his legacy

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