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Tests confirm painting is Rembrandt self-portrait

  • 8-year-old Harry Dempster looks up at the self-portrait of Rembrandt Photo: NATIONAL TRUST/PA

LONDON: Scientific tests have confirmed that a painting donated to Britain's National Trust by a wealthy supporter is a Rembrandt self-portrait worth tens of millions of pounds (dollars).

The portrait of the artist, wearing a cap with a white feather, was long thought to be the work of one of Rembrandt's pupils and was credited as in the "style of" the 17th-century Dutch master.

But last year a Rembrandt expert declared it genuine, and the National Trust said Tuesday that tests on the paint, the signature and the wooden panel all confirm its authenticity.

The painting was given to the heritage body in 2010 and hangs in Buckland Abbey in southwest England, the former home of 16th-century seafarer Francis Drake.

It will go on display at the abbey on Friday.

 
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