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Museum's Rembrandt knockoff turns out to be the real thing

Real Rembrandt
Posted at 5:08 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 11:13:31-05

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to someone in Rembrandt's workshop has now been judged to have been a work of the Dutch master himself.

For decades, the Allentown Art Museum displayed an oil-on-oak panel painting called "Portrait of a Young Woman" and credited it to "Studio of Rembrandt."

Two years ago, the painting was sent to New York University for conservation and cleaning.

The work revealed telltale signs that Rembrandt himself was responsible for the original, delicate brushwork.

The newly restored painting goes on display June 7.