Is the Lost and Found Rembrandt a Fake?

The authenticity of the Rembrandt stolen from a Ritz Carlton in Marina del Ray that was quickly discovered in a church in Encino is in question, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The pen and ink drawing called “The Judgment” was stolen out of a private exhibit in the hotel while the curator was distracted by a potential buyer for a different piece. It is said to be completed in 1655 and worth $250,000.

The Times reached out to other curators and art historians who were “reluctant” to comment on the piece, but some “expressed doubts about the piece’s authenticity:”

Dr. Martin Royalton-Kisch, retired curator of Dutch drawings at the British Museum, said in an emailed response that based on the style of the drawing, “It’s clearly [in my personal opinion] a work of Rembandt’s school rather than by Rembrandt himself.”

The Times reports it is unclear what documentation the Linearis Institute, the drawing’s owner, used to establish its provenance.

Is the Lost and Found Rembrandt a Fake?