ATTRIBUTED TO PIETER LISAERT
Antwerp 1574 - 1629/1630
Oil on panel
Unframed: 8¾ x 6⅝ in., 22.3 x 17 cm
Framed: 12¼ x 10⅛ in., 31 x 25.6 cm
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The painting is on one panel which is flat and stable. The paint layer has been well preserved under an even varnish. The work has not been cleaned recently but the colors remain bright and vibrant throughout. The details are well-preserved, particularly in the drapery of the Madonna's clothing, including the gold trim along the bottom of the blue fabric and along the edges of her sleeve. Under ultra-violet light scattered, minor retouchings throughout the composition, most notably in some of the clouds at upper left and in the wooden desk at lower right. These are not visible to the naked eye and therefore are not distracting. Overall the painting presents beautifully and though it could be cleaned it also could be hung as is. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.
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With Newhouse Gallery, New York (according to label on reverse)
We are grateful to Dr. Luuk Pijl for suggesting an attribution to Pieter Lisaert on the basis of photographs. An attribution to Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich (1712-1774) has also been suggested.