Oil on canvas, lined. Each work is covered by a fine, stable web of craquelure. Some of the dark pigments have lost their definition, and each work is covered by a dull, dirty varnish.
Visitors to a Venetian Convent During Carnival: Under UV light, there are scattered dots and dashes of retouching throughout. The majority of these retouches are in the figures in the lower half of the composition, and many of these repaints appear to reinforce the pigments that have been lost. There is additional retouching at the extreme edges and in the background in the upper register of the work, including a horizontal line that extends across almost the entire picture plane approximately 2 inches from the top edge.
Gambling at the Ridotto: Under UV light, there is retouching visible throughout, mainly to address craquelure and some of the aforementioned loss of pigment definition. Dots and dashes are visible throughout the group of figures, and the work remains under a green fluorescing varnish. There are lines of repaint in the architecture and background in the upper third of the picture plane to reinforce the pictures composition.
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