The following condition report has been provided by Karen Thomas of Thomas Art Conservation LLC., 336 West 37th Street, Suite 830, New York, NY 10018, 212-564-4024, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This picture is in excellent condition with most of the defects residing in the gilded
background rather than the painted figures. Retouching primarily focuses on wear in the gold
ground surrounding Christ's torso, with some reinforcement of the contours of Christ's body.
Small losses in the flanking figures and at the base and apex of the cross have been addressed
with "neutral" astrazione cromatica while small areas of wear in St John's face have been
retouched with a more mimetic approach. The varnish is even and quite glossy. The support
displays a very mild lateral warp. On the back, remnants of the original gesso are extant. "This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."