Etching Found in U Bathroom a Rembrandt

Catholic University exhibits its mystery picture
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2010 4:50 AM CST
Etching Found in U Bathroom a Rembrandt
Leslie Knoblauch, a records management archivist, holds an etching by Rembrandt on display at The Catholic University of America in Washington.   (AP Photo/The Catholic University of Americ, Ed Pfuellera)

When the president of Catholic University saw the signature "Rembrandt" on a tiny framed portrait he had found tucked into his bathroom cabinet, he showed it off to visitors, but it didn't seem plausible enough to consult an appraiser. Years later, the university finally had the picture appraised, and was startled when word came back that the etching really was a Rembrandt, the Washington Post reports.

Other appraisers who've seen photos of the etching agree that it looks like the real thing but say only a personal inspection can confirm it for sure. Such prints are not rare—Rembrandt and his pupils produced them in large quantity—and are not worth much money, especially when they're damaged, as this etching is. As for what it was doing in a bathroom cabinet, that remains a total mystery.
(Read more Rembrandt stories.)

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