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A Fallen Star
This reminds me of a preview I saw yesterday for this "American Hustle" movie where two characters are looking at a "Rembrandt" that's actually a fake. I wonder if that was based on this story?
By: PT Dilloway on August 4, 2013
It sure LOOKS like a Rembrandt!!
By: fishducky on August 4, 2013
Your definition of snobbery is spot on. S
By: Scott Park on August 4, 2013
Art is really a personal thing. Just as in wine or beauty.
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 4, 2013
To me some art is wonderful not because of who painted it but how it affects me- I look at some so called great contemporary art and I go "Really? Looks like crap to me." Our home is filled with paintings and sculptures that make our home so personal and enjoyable. Each piece has a story to us. To call this gorgeous work of art worthless because someone other than Rembrandt put the paint on the canvas is ridiculous. Thanks for the art history tid-bit and have a great day!
By: Kathe W. on August 4, 2013
whether done by a 'master' or not, she is masterful.
By: TexWisGirl on August 4, 2013
We have a few original oil paintings on our walls (nothing expensive, the most we've paid is $400). All I know is that the ones B picked out are really nice. The one I picked out looks like crap.
By: tom sightings on August 4, 2013
I was unaware of this story-thanks for the art history. I agree with your sentiment and love your comment about critics! Stellar!
By: Tom Cochrun on August 4, 2013
Beauty should be in the eye of the beholder, not in the pedigree or price tag. I quite like that painting-
By: Shelly on August 4, 2013
Hah - this story reminds me of the new book by J.K. Rowling, written under a pseudonym. One publishing editor, who didn't know that she had written "The Cuckoo's Calling" turned down the novel. Interesting...
By: Pixel Peeper on August 4, 2013
Art appreciation is personal as the painting needs to connect with the person looking at it in a certain way, and we are all thankfully different. I think this is a beautiful painting and well done, whether by Rembrandt or another. It certainly doesn't deserve relegation to the basement! Thank you for sharing her story, Stephen, it's an interesting post.
By: Sharon Bradshaw on August 4, 2013
I agree with you! Art appreciation is definitely subjective. And there's also a difference in appreciating something for its technical skill and for its beauty. (Sometimes those things even happen together!).
By: The Bug on August 4, 2013
Well, she sure beats dogs playing poker.
By: Val on August 4, 2013
Art is what you love, and she is beautiful.
By: mimi on August 4, 2013
My dad always told me, "Taste is not to be disputed." Whether it's a painting on a wall or a flavor of ice cream--beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
By: Nancy Felt on August 4, 2013
You are so right about things subjective. there are pendulum swings. Yes this picture could be again highly valued when a critic who has clout decides this is a Rembrandt again.
By: Red on August 4, 2013
I'll take Vargas over Rembrandt any day, except for the resale value.
By: JoeH on August 4, 2013
A nice article. I wonder who forged Rembrandt's signature. If the original artist did, why?
By: David Walston on August 4, 2013
A great tale, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
By: John on August 5, 2013
Can't help thinking of words like "beauty", "eye" and "beholder".
By: Brighton Pensioner on August 5, 2013
"Better to buy crap by a master than a masterpiece by an unknown artist". I busted out laughing! No since I revisited a Playboy interview with Jack Nicholson was my sense of humor tickled this much! But I agree.
By: Michael Manning on August 6, 2013
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