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Rembrandt portraits are going on display for the first time in almost 200 years.

Arts and EntertainmentRembrandt portraits are going on display for the first time in almost 200 years.

A pair of small portraits by Dutch Master Rembrandt van Rijn, which have been in a private collection for nearly 200 years, went on display Wednesday at the Netherlands' national art and history museum. The portraits of Jan Willemsz van der Pluym and his wife Jaapgen disappeared from view for almost two centuries, before they reappeared two years ago. The paintings, believed to be the last known pair of privately held Rembrandt portraits, were sold at an auction this year and given to the family of a wealthy Dutch businessman. The recreated version of Dai Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is very popular with art lovers.

Holterman said in a statement that he thinks the portraits belong in the museum because of his close relationship with the museum and the fact that the team of experts has been researching them for years. The portraits were painted by Rembrandt as a favor to the couple, who had close links to his family since Jan and Jaapgen's son Dominicus married the painter's cousin. The Rembrandt portraits will bring visitors closer to Rembrandt's family circle, according to the director of the museum. The various research results amount to compelling evidence, the museum said.

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