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Rembrandt In A Bathroom

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By Marcus Rosenbaum

A new exhibit at Catholic University features an original Rembrandt etching that had been tucked away in a bathroom cabinet at the school.

The etching of a bearded old man was found by the Rev. David O'Connell shortly after he took over as the university's president, when he was looking for some paper towels. O'Connell asked the university's archivist if it could really be a Rembrandt. After all, the artist's name was on the piece.

An appraiser confirmed its authenticity, and now the piece is the centerpiece of the new exhibit at the university called "Fine Lines: Discovering Rembrandt and Other Old Masters at Catholic University."

But questions remain. Catholic's president found the etching in 1998, so why did he wait more than a decade to have it authenticated? The university won't say. But more important, who would put a Rembrandt in a bathroom cabinet in the first place?


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