GERMAN SCHOOL, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY | MERCHANTS COUNTING COINS WITH A BIRDCAGE
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GERMAN SCHOOL, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY
MERCHANTS COUNTING COINS WITH A BIRDCAGE
oil on panel, a fragment
panel: 13¼ by 9⅜ in.; 33.7 by 23.8 cm.
framed: 16½ by 12¼ in.; 41.9 by 31.1 cm.
The panel consists of one board and is stable. A decorative image reads well. Craquelure is visible throughout. There is some loss to the surface, such as what probably were gold coins on the table, as well as some smaller chips to the wood table underneath the birdcage, and another on the hat of the figure at right. Smaller pindots of loss are scattered here and there, and there are some frame abrasions along the edges. There are some retouches visible to the naked eye such as a spot on the face of the figure in pink, right by his forehead and nose. Other retouches are also visible on the figure's pink shirt at left, in shadow. Inspection under UV shows a triangular area of retouching running from the top center of the painting 6 in. down to the face of the aforementioned figure, though the area gets smaller as you move down. Small spots of retouches also fluoresce on the column and its edge at right, on the ground at bottom right quadrant, and the table at right. Offered in a giltwood frame with a gray liner.
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The figures in this composition are based on the lower left corner of Albrecht Dürer's Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple from the Marienleben woodcut series, which was first published circa 1511. The verso has remnants of gold decoration typically seen in altarpieces, thus making it likely that this work is a fragment of an altarpiece wing showing the Presentation on the exterior.