Rembrandt Found in Omaha Museum. Nazi Looted Art? Bought in 1942?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?  THIS MUSEUM BUYS THIS PAINTING RIGHT AT THE HEIGHT OF NAZI ART LOOTING?  NO EXPLANATION ABOUT THE PROVENANCE, WHY IS THAT LEFT OUT??????????????????

Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum has rediscovered a Rembrandt. The painting, titled Portrait of Dirck van Os, has been in the museum’s collection for 72 years, but had lain forgotten in storage after faulty connoisseurship downgraded its attribution to “The Circle of Rembrandt.”

When the museum bought the work in 1942 it was thought to be by the master, but after it was reclassified some 45 years later, the painting disappeared from the public eye. In 2010, the portrait caught the attention of Rembrandt expert Ernst van de Wetering, who in 2012 had the museum send it to Amsterdam to be restored.

Once the years of accumulated grime and well-intentioned over-painting from early restorations were removed, van de Wetering deemed Portrait of Dirck van Os to be the genuine article, by the hand of Rembrandt himself. The sitter’s lace collar and cross necklace were later embellishments and have been removed.

Rembrant, Portrait of Dirck van Os, before a recent restoration that removed the lace collar and necklace, which were later additions. Photo: courtesy the Joslyn Museum of Art, Omaha.

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