A Painting Long Believed To Be By A Pupil Of Rembrandt Is Now A Confirmed Image By The Dutch Master

A landscape painting in Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie that has long been attributed to Govert Flinck, a pupil of Rembrandt van Rijn, is now believed to be the work of the famous Dutch painter himself.

Thanks to technical photographs, researchers now say that the painting, titled Landscape with arched bridgehas the unmistakable mature style of Rembrandt’s chiaroscuro technique.

The attribution upgrade has been a long time coming. In 1989, the Rembrandt Research Project undertook a re-examination of the holdings of the Gemäldegalerie and noted similarities between Landscape with arched bridge and Rembrandt Landscape with Stone Bridge, in the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

The analysis noted the “surprisingly deep stylistic, technical and thematic similarities” between the two works, and suggested that Govert Flinck must have copied his teacher’s style in great detail.

Yet a new dendrochronological study reveals that, contrary to previous reports, the Berlin Rembrandt was in fact completed before to the Rijksmuseum landscape, supporting the suggestion that it could not have been a later copy.

The painting, which entered the Gemäldegalerie collection in 1924 when curated by Rembrandt scholar Wilhelm von Bode, was later accepted as one of Rembrandt’s autograph landscapes, and was only downgraded to Flinck’s works until later.

Once part of the collection of Grand Duke Friedrich August von Oldenburg, it was not sold after his abdication and passed to the Gemäldegalerie as part of an exchange with the Kaiser Friedrich Museum.

The work is now on display at the Gemäldegalerie in a museum exhibition dedicated to David Hockney which also includes works by John Constable and Vincent van Gogh.

With the validity of Landscape with arched bridge Now confirmed, the number of landscapes by Rembrandt van Rijn totals eight. The Gemäldegalerie can now boast of holding a total of 20 works by the artist.

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