Property from an Important European Private Collection
CIRCLE OF PAOLO FARINATI
oil on canvas, a fragment, unframed
unframed: 86 x 75 cm.; 33⅞ x 29½ in.
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The unlined canvas has a dirty and uneven varnish. There is a patch on the reverse supporting an old tear running horizontally, approx. 10 inches in length, through the shoulders and raised hands of the figure of Saint John. The old tear is not retouched, and there is a hole in the canvas were you can see the support patch.
There is a significant degree of wear throughout, especially notable in the figure of Christ, in the Virgin, and at the lower right corner and right margin. There are small losses, scuffs and scrapes throughout.
Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some other areas of retouching: in the shadows at the lower left, in the Virgin's mantle, a small area in the wood of the upright of the cross.
The canvas has a very thin wooden slip adhered to the edges of the canvas/ stretcher, but is offered unframed.
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