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LIVERPOOL, England, Oct 31, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- An expert claims a 1629 self-portrait of Rembrandt hanging in a Liverpool art gallery was probably painted by one of the painter's students.

Rembrandt expert Professor Ernst van de Wetering, of the Rembrandt Research Project in Amsterdam, said "Self Portrait As A Young Man" is too primitive to have been painted by the Dutch master, the BBC reported Monday.

A spokesman for the Walker Art Gallery said many others have made a similar claim, but discoloration due to age makes it nearly impossible to make such a determination.

Van de Wetering said the painting displays "a fundamentally different pictorial approach from that of Rembrandt."

He said the true artist may have been Rembrandt's pupil Isack Jouderville.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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