Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they answer the specific problems presented in the reading passage.
The reading and the lecture discuss the authenticity of one of Rembrandt's paintings called "Portrait of an Elderly Woman in a White Bonnet". Whereas the author of the reading states using multiple reasons that the painting is not a product of Rembrandt's hands, the lecturer suggests that it is indeed the work of him. The lecturer solves the three problems raised in the reading by providing counter solutions. First of all, the author of the reading states that the white linen cap wore by the woman should not have been present if the painting was a work of Rembrandt; he believes that Rembrandt could not be so less attentive so as to paint a servant wear(cap) along with a luxurious wear(coat). However, the lecturer disputes this point. She says that when scientists studied the color pigments in the fur caller, they found that the white linen cap was resting on top of a lower layer which consisted of the original luxurios collar. It could have been done by someone who wanted to increase painting's value. Secondly, according to the reading, there was an inconsistency in the light and shadow present in the painting; as the face appeared appeared lighted while the dark fur below it should have absorbed the light and made the face look darker. Nevertheless, the lecturer refutes this argument. She argues that once the top layer was removed, the original light color fur were revealed. This light color was responsible for reflecting the light and illuminating the face. Finally, the reading claims that all of the Rembrandt's paintings knowm have been painted on a single piece of wood, while this painting was observed to have been painted on a number of such pieces. On the other hand, the lecturer brings up the point that the after the fur collar was removed, it could be asserted that original painting was indeed painted on a single block of wood. Someone enlarged it to make it more grand and valuable. Moreover, she states that the original paintaing's wood was to found to be from the same tree, as of his other known paintings. To sum up, the reading states several difficulties in ascertaining the authencity of this painting. However, the lecturer answered the three problems effectively to and attributed the painting to Rembrandt.
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