Faro’s Rembrandts are forgeries

TWO OIL paintings attributed to the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt, which were on display, from 1973 until 1998, at the museum of Faro, have been revealed by experts as forgeries.

The official confirmation was delivered on January 4, after the two paintings had been analysed. A verdict, considering them poor quality copies, followed the analysis.

The paintings, donated 62 years ago by Portuguese diplomat Amadeu Ferreira de Almeida, were displayed despite doubts over their authenticity. The 112-year-old museum plans to put the fakes back on display in July to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth.

The museum’s collection includes several works by European painters of the 16th to 19th centuries, as well as a large collection of Islamic art and Roman mosaics.