The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
His life was short and his output scant, but his admirers were numerous.
So highly did Rubens, his contemporary and countryman, regard him that he
owned no fewer than 17 of his works. Rembrandt owned six, not including a
sketchbook and another that was a copy. But such admiration bred imitation
as well and attribution remains either a nightmare or a career opportunity,
depending on one's point of view. (Even Rubens is reported to have asked for
a statement of authenticity for one of the works he acquired.) Of the 60-odd
works currently attributed to him, only two are signed and none are dated.
Apparently he did not paint for posterity.
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