Rembrandts oil painting "Self-Portrait" (1630) was stolen in 2000 at the National Gallery in Stockholm. The carrier material is not canvas or wood, but completely covered with white lead primed copper and a layer of gold leaf. It got recovered in September 2005.
THE HISTORY OF REMBRANDT SELF-PORTRAIT (1630)
DESCRIPTION OF REMBRANDT'S SELF-PORTRAIT (1630)
There are known only five paintings by Rembrandt, which were applied to copper, three of them with primed gold leaf as the self-portrait of 1630th The other two, on the dimensions been almost identical paintings are"An Old Woman at Prayer" in Salzburg and " The Laughing Soldier "in The Hague . All three paintings are dated to 1630.
Rembrandt's early self-portraits are very similar in construction and the use of light. All self-portraits have very fine brush strokes, the Technique is quite a feat, especially in small self-portrait of 1630.
THE ART THEFT OF REMBRANDT'S SELF-PORTRAIT IN 2000
Together, the paintings have a value of 30 million dollars. The number and selection of the stolen paintings leads to the conclusion that this art theft was commissioned. Few weeks later, eight men were arrested. But it took another year until the first painting was found again: For a drug raid by the Swedish police were found Renoir's "Conversation with the Gardener". 2005 Rembrandt's "Self Portrait" during an attempted trade was confiscated in a hotel. Then also Renoir's "Young Parisian" reappeared.