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Conservation of a 17th-century painting reveals a previously hidden self-portrait of the artist

At first glance, a 17th-century Dutch painting in the Royal Collection of a group of inanimate objects appears to be a typical still life of the period. However, recent conservation work on A Vanitas by Pieter Gerritsz. van Roestraten (c.1630?1700) has uncovered a new element to the picture ? the artist's self-portrait. The conservation treatment was undertaken in preparation for the first-ever exhibition of portraits of artists in the Royal Collection.
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