Fingerprints thought to be those of the legendary artist Rembrandt have been discovered in a small oil sketch dating back almost 400 years. Study Of A Head Of A Young Man, which measures just over 25cm (10 inches) high, is expected to fetch about £6 million ($7.8m) when it is auctioned in London next month. And, buried in the original layer of paint, in the lower edge of the'powerful and touching' 17th century portrait, is what are believed to be the Dutch master's thumbprints. No other prints by the painter, said to be the'foremost master of the Western artistic tradition', have ever been found. Study Of A Head Of A Young Man (pictured), measuring just over 25cm (10 inches) high, is expected to fetch about £6 million ($7.8m) when it is auctioned in London next month The fingerprints were uncovered during a process of technical examination and restoration, which included pigment analyses, X-ray and infra-red imaging, just before the painting went on display in the US and the Louvre, in Paris, in 2011-12.
Rembrandt is one of the most famed artists of all time and scientists have finally discovered the secret ingredient to his iconic technique. The Dutch genius refined his impasto technique, which gave a 3D appearance to his work, with a mystery recipe for his paint. Centuries of research found it to be a combination of materials traditionally available on the 17th century Dutch colour market, namely lead white pigment, cerussite and organic mediums such as linseed oil. Until now, the exact combination remained a mystery. Scientists have used cutting-edge imaging techniques to find the missing ingredient called plumbonacrite.
Last year, an unsigned 19th-century painting went to auction in New Jersey. It was cracked, chipped, and assumed to be the work of a student doing his best to emulate Dutch Golden Age painting. Bidding started at 250 and was expected to peak at 800 tops. Surprisingly, two bidders took the auction off the rails, and the painting sold for 870,000. Only once the auction ended did the buyer reveal a secret: This piece was believed to be, not from the 19th century, but the 16th century--and it was painted by a young Rembrandt.
A'new' Rembrandt painting has been revealed - 400 years after the artist's death. Researchers taught an AI to paint exactly like the Dutch painter by analysing 346 of Rembrandt's paintings. The work of art took almost 18 months to complete, consists of 148 billion pixels and was printed in 3D to allow to computer to even replicate the brush strokes. The painting'The Next Rembrandt' is being unveiled at Galerie Looiersgracht60 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 05 April 2016. The painting was created by scientists and technicians based on the historical data of all 346 paintings by Rembrandt.
Rembrandt's'The Night Watch' will undergo a one year long, multi-million-pound restoration - all carried out in front of visitors to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. The unique project, starting in July 2019, will let art lovers see behind the normally secretive process at the famous Dutch museum. The 17th Century masterpiece by the Dutch artist will be encased in a specially made glass chamber, where the restoration will be carried out. Repair in progress: Rembrandt's The Night Watch, one of the world's most famous paintings, is to be restored to its former glory live in front of a museum audience The huge Golden Age masterpiece will first undergo a thorough varnish-to-canvas examination using a precise microscope and other modern techniques, Rijksmusem general director Taco Dibbits said. 'The Night Watch by Rembrandt is one of the most famous paintings in the world and we feel we have to preserve it for future generations,' Rijksmuseum General Director Taco Dibbits told AFP. 'Over two million people a year come to see The Night Watch, it's a painting that everybody loves, and we feel that the world has the right to see what we will do with it.'