Cleaning an Old Master is a perilous enterprise that can have startling results. When a collector bought the Portrait of Jan de Middelste (1561-1623), Count of Nassau-Siegen, wearing armour and an orange sash, the Dutch nobleman portrayed was wearing a hat. Cleaning removed the hat, resulting in a much more pleasing composition – while exposing that formidable forehead.
The count was very much a family man, producing 12 children with his first wife and 13...
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