Art: Face in the Mirror

Of all the faces he put on canvas, Rembrandt van Rijn was fondest of the one he saw in his own mirror. Experts have identified about 60 Rembrandt self-portraits, which have been cropping up in strange places ever since the master died in 1669. Last week another of Rembrandt's self-portraits was in the news, with a typical tale of mystery attached.

The picture first came to light in London 33 years ago. An Italian nobleman, the Marchese Guido Serra di Cassano, was decorating a town house by buying wholesale lots of pictures at a few pounds apiece. Browsing about one run-down little...

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