Art: Would Rubens Paint a Bird?

Amidst a buzz of rumors, the Cleveland Museum of Art paid an estimated $550,000 in 1959 for Rubens' Diana and Her Nymphs Departing for the Chase. Last week Oil Billionaire Jean Paul Getty said he had gambled more than $400,000 that Cleveland has a fake. New Year's guests at Getty's Sutton Place mansion near London saw, on a wall of pale green silk, an 8-ft. by 6-ft. canvas that Getty said was the real Diana and Her Nymphs. And it is generally acknowledged that Rubens never painted the same subject twice.

Cleveland traces its Diana back to 1796, when Amsterdam Widow...

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