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Detroit Institute of Arts’ Outstanding Collections “Adds” A Rembrandt

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

A Woman Weeping authenticated as being by renowned Dutch master

September 26, 2005 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) received confirmation this week that a painting in its collection previously attributed to students of Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn was actually painted by Rembrandt himself. The work, A Woman Weeping, is now one of two paintings owned by the DIA firmly attributed to Rembrandt. The other, The Visitation, has long been considered to be one of Rembrandt’s finest religious paintings, and is the only known representation of this particular subject that he painted.

“It’s extraordinarily good news that this lovely little painting has been given the stamp of approval by the real experts,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “The DIA’s collection is already very strong in the area of Dutch paintings, and this week it just got stronger. It is a particular pleasure that my great predecessor William Valentiner, who did so much to build the Dutch collection, has been vindicated in his original attribution of this little gem to the Master himself.”

Scholars from the Rembrandt Research Project, an Amsterdam-based organization, examined A Woman Weeping as preparation for its installation in an exhibition at Amsterdam’s Rembrandt House Museum. Three other paintings that the Project authenticated as Rembrandts will also be on view. All the paintings have the distinct characteristics of Rembrandt’s handling of paint and depiction of light.

The museum is working on plans to display the work when it returns to the DIA later this year. “This is cause for celebration,” said Beal, “and we want to share it with the metropolitan Detroit community as soon as we can.”

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The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range and depth. The DIA is currently undergoing a major renovation, scheduled for completion in late 2007. The museum remains open with a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed.