A portrait previously attributed to a pupil of Rembrandt has been discovered to be by the master himself following conservation. The painting from Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts had been in storage for many years before funds were found for its conservation.
Cleaning the 1637 portrait of Pastor Swalmius revealed the painter's signature. The Rembrandt Research Project also confirmed the painting's authenticity after examination indicated that it was painted on the same linen as two other autograph Rembrandts.
The portrait will go on display on 8th August 2009.