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Part of the reason the painting was not earlier positively identified as a Rembrandt was an 18th-century attempt to make it look more like ... a Rembrandt, Gautier told the AP.After buying the painting at auction in New Jersey and setting the art world abuzz at the prospect that a "new," Rembrandt had emerged, Gautier and Talabardon had it restored and fitted a frame that, when closed, shows only the part of the panel painted by Rembrandt but, when opened, shows the later additions to the work.The restoration turned up another surprise – the earliest known signature by Rembrandt, a monogram of the letters "RF" or "RHF," believed to stand for Rembrandt Harmensz fecit, meaning, made by Rembrandt – Rembrandt's full name is Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.
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