The Property of a Gentleman
FOLLOWER OF BARTHEL BEHAM
JUDITH WITH THE HEAD OF HOLOFERNES
oil on panel
unframed: 72 x 54.1 cm.; 28⅜ x 21¼ in.
framed: 92.4 x 74.5 cm.; 36⅜ x 29⅜ in.
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The panel is supported on the reverse with two horizontal battens, and is stable and only very slightly bowed. The paint surface is dirty and the varnish discoloured and uneven. There is a degree of wear visible throughout the painting and there are areas of tenting in the upper part of the background. A damage in the centre of the upper margin has resulted in the paint lifting slightly more and there is a vertical split which runs from this area down into Judith's hair; these areas of paint should be secured. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals small scattered retouchings and strengthenings throughout, notably to the aforementioned areas in the background, along the upper margin and the upper halves of the left and right margins, and in the background around Judith's head. Pinprick retouchings are also found throughout her face and neck. The painting is in overall moderate overall condition.
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Colli collection, Italy (according to a black wax collector's seal on the reverse).
This painting is related to the engraving, in the opposite sense, by Barthel Beham of circa 1526, examples of which are held in the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich (inv. no. 1920:254), and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.1 The model for the print was long thought to be by an artist from the circle of Jacopo de' Barbari, but this idea has since been dismissed.