The drawing of a dog has been in the German museum's collection since 1770, but only now have experts discovered that Dutch master Rembrandt created the chalk artwork.
A small pencil sketch of a dog, was discovered at the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig, by the head of the drawing department, Prof. Dr. Thomas Döring.
The drawing had been wrongly credited to a German painter. The shocking discovery came during a systematic digitization of drawings.
“The Braunschweig terrier” believed to date from around 1637 has been in Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum’s collection since 1770.
Two years ago, Thomas Doring, the curator of prints and drawings of the museum was first alerted to the error while cataloging the museum’s 10,000 drawings for a digital archive.
“It’s been on display for decades under the name of Johann Melchior Roos,” he told CNN, “so the idea that this could be a Rembrandt was never considered before.
“But the boldness of the strokes, the variations in the shading from very gentle to quite violent and the expressive gaze [of the dog] — these are very typical idiosyncrasies of Rembrandt’s work.”
“Two of the three leading scholars of Rembrandt’s drawings told me they were fully convinced that this is a Rembrandt,” he said. “Since then, the third has contacted me to say he also has no doubts.”
“It’s extremely rare for all of the experts in a field to agree on an issue as controversial as this,” said Doring.
The museum announced in a statement that “the Braunschweig terrier” is very similar to the barking, jumping dog in Rembrandt’s 1642 painting “The Night Watch”, from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.
The drawing, now with the correct artist’s name attached, will be part of an exhibition that opens in the museum in April.
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