GERMAN SCHOOL, EARLY 16TH CENTURY
THE MADONNA AND CHILD
oil on panel, gold ground, with a shaped top
16½ by 11⅜ in.; 41.9 by 28.9 cm.
The panel is stable, uncradled, and has a very faint convex bow. It has a shaped top, and there are some small nicks to the lower corners of the panel, which are not visible when the painting is framed. The image reads strongly and clearly beneath the varnish. There is a prominent pattern of craquelure scattered throughout, most noticeable in the figures and their costumes. There are a few thin cracks to the surface near the upper edge. Inspection under UV reveals a few scattered spots and strokes here and there in the figure's and in the gilt background, some of which are visible to the naked eye, and most of which to attend to craquelure. There is a 1 cm spot in the center of Christ's body, a similarly sized spot in the fabric over the right knee of the Virgin, and a few scattered spots in Christ's face and in his upraised arm. There are some fine strokes near the center of the lower edge. The painting can certainly hang in its present condition. Offered in a carved gilt and darkwood frame with a custom gilt inset.
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