The painting is warmer and redder in tone than the catalogue illustration suggests. The flat panel support is cradled to the reverse and the paint surface is dirty and under a yellowed varnish. The paint surface appears somewhat flat and abraded and has lost its definition in areas. Old discoloured retouchings can be made out along the craquelure and under several layers of varnish. These are quite extensive but localised, for example in the sky and in the background.
Inspection under UV light points to some cracks in the paint surface and more recent retouchings: these can be found in horizontal strips in the Madonna's bluse cloak, in her red tunic and in the background upper right, as well as other localised retouchings for example in the face and neck of the Baptist. Generally less intervention has been applied to the faces.
Offered in a later carved and gilt wood frame in good condition with minor chips. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."