Original Rembrandt To Be Displayed At Joslyn Art Museum

OMAHA When the Joslyn Art Museum opens to the public on Tuesday it will have a new display. If you want to get technical, it's an old display with a new twist.

The 'Portrait of Dirck van Os' has a long and interesting history. Thought to be painted by Rembrandt in 1658 it was bought by The Joslyn Art Museum in 1942. The painting hung prominently in the museum for several decades, but shadows of doubt were later cast onto the paintings origins. In the 1980s art historians reclassified more than a dozen works of Rembrandt including 'Portrait of Dirck van Os.' By 1999 it had been removed from the museum walls at The Joslyn Art Museum and put into storage.

History, as it seems, isn't written in stone. A several years-long research project re-examined a number of works once thought to be painted by Rembrandt. When the project was done the 'Portrait of Dirck van Os' was once again considered an original Rembrandt.

"I think it's a great milestone for the community, it can be one of the celebrated works within the Joslyn collection," said Jack Becker, the Executive Director of the Joslyn Art Museum.

Becker said he always thought the work was special, but said it took a lot of people's work to convince the art world.

"I think people have had different opinions," said Becker. "I first saw this picture in 2010 and I was intrigued but wasn't sure. It took the work of a lot of scholars to get us to this point, but we couldn't be more delighted.

Becker said the painting will draw attention not only from within Omaha, but across the art community both in the United States and in Europe. The painting was unveiled at a special event on Monday. The painting will be on display for the public to view beginning Monday.

Those who've seen the painting before may notice that the portrait has a new look. It was restored since it was last on display.


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