Art: Favorites

Of the 700 surviving Rembrandt paintings, some 170 are in U.S. collections; he is the nation's favorite old master. A fortnight ago St. Louis announced that it had bought a fine portrait from Rembrandt's last and best period (TIME, Oct. 30). Last week the Cleveland Museum of Art, which had two early Rembrandts already, also bought a late one: Portrait of a Student. In 1910, Banker Otto Kahn paid more than $100,000 to get the canvas from a Leningrad collection. His heirs, who sold it for an estimated $125,000, gave the proceeds to the Metropolitan Opera Association for some new Met...