The actual painting is a bit browner in tone and has less contrast in the colours than the catalogue illustration suggests. The panel consists of two planks, joined horizontally. The joint is reinforced by a wooden strip to the reverse. There is a tiny, horizontal split of c. 4 cm visible running from the left edge, in the centre. The paint surface is under a slightly dirty varnish layer, especially the dark hues in the foreground, which are under a fine and dense cracquelure pattern. Discoloured retouchings are visible to the naked eye throughout the sky, which ahs grown a bit thin, as shown in the catalogue illustration. Otherwise the paint surface is in good condition, especially the impasto in the trees.
Inspection under UV-light confirms abovementioned retouchings and shows additional ones, including a filled and retouched crack in the upper centre sky, minor retouching along the joint, as well as minor retouching and strengthening of the figures and architecture in the centre left. Offered in a faux tortoise shell frame with black borders, in good condition. (JD)
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