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- n. A downgrading in the attribution of a work of art.
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Christian Tumpel's Rembrandt (Abrams. $145) is still hefty enough to make strong coffee tables tremble, even though it accepts the Rembrandt Research Project's deattribution of much of the official oeuvre.
This deattribution movement, and not the customary whole or half centennial (like 1956, the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt's birth, or 1969, the 300th of his death) is what propels "Rembrandt, the Master & His Workshop."
Disagreeing with one RRP portrait deattribution in which strong forensic evidence was overruled by a finding of "'lack of formal clarity', in the illuminated eye," revisionist Rembrandt biographer Gary Schwartz labels it "a case of what can happen to you if you stare too long at the same thing."