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(Omaha World Herald)   If it walks like a Rembrandt and talks like a Rembrandt... It's probably a Rembrandt   ( divider line
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2014-04-06 02:25:56 PM  
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And that's just the way it is, baby.
2014-04-06 01:56:13 PM  
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I'm a Rembrandt Goose.

Nah. Just kidding. I don't have any alts.

"School of" paintings were often collective works. Long before Andy Warhol, artists took advantage of their apprentices to increase production. They would have their students paint the busy work (backgrounds, the figure) and would fill in the fine details such as faces and hands. Sometimes they even introduced specialization into their workshops, with the "hand" man doing the hands, and other artists painting clothes or backgrounds or eyes.

This was especially true in the centres of art production where young artists were a florin a dozen.

It is pretty much a crap shoot whether an "expert" can recognize the work of a master and when the masters pupils are themselves masters, it becomes almost impossible to say who painted what.

Forgers have complicated the process of authentication because some of them are so good they are better than the masters--the masters had a lot of off days but the forgers are always on. People want to believe they've found a Great Master.

To quote my fellow New Brunswicker, Lord Beaverbrook, "Buy Old Masters. They age better than old mistresses." The Lord Beaverbrook Museum in Fredericton, New Brunswick has a small collection with a few fine works but are constantly engaged with the heirs of Lord Beaverbrook over who owns what. There might be nothing there when you show up.

Canadians collected a lot of great art during the Railway Boom in the 1800s but almost all of it is gone because their children and grandchildren were thriftless bastards and a waste of air. The Square Mile in Montreal could have kept some great museums in business for centuries. They could have been run at a tidy profit even without buckets of government money.

There but for the grace of God goes ... all those Rembrandts!

I wouldn't mind a few Rembrandts. He used himself and his wife as models very often. One touch of Nature makes the whole world kin (this Shakespeare quotation is about vanity, not bunnies).

He was a cutey though. A Rembrandt would brighten any breakfast nook.
2014-04-06 01:27:06 PM  
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FirstNationalBastard: [ image 640x465]

/and if it cries like a man, it's definitely a Rembrandt.

Way to go. My personal favorite alternate universe is the one where like 90% of the males where killed by a virus that attacked the Y chromosome and the males where all on breeding farms and provided with as many attractive breeding age females as they could service in a day. Hell the rest of you can leave I'm staying here to do my duty to um help ensure the genetic diversity in this universe.
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