AFTER MICHELANGELO MERISI DA CARAVAGGIO | THE CARDSHARPS
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AFTER MICHELANGELO MERISI DA CARAVAGGIO
oil on canvas
canvas: 29¼ by 39⅛ in.; 74.3 by 99.4 cm.
framed: 40½ by 50½ in.; 102.9 by 128.3 cm.
Canvas is lined. Underneath an uneven varnish a decorative image reads well. Along the left edge there are some spots of loss, mostly concentrated on the top and bottom corner, though there is a smaller spot of loss on the bottom right corner. A pindot of loss is on the eye of the figure at right, and appears to have been strengthened, meanwhile further retouches are visible to the naked eye on his green sleeves. What appears to be a minor horizontal line of scuffing is visible on the ledge of the table at right. Inspection under UV is impeded due to a thick, milky varnish. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.
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This work, likely painted in the 19th Century, derives from the prime version by Caravaggio in the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (inv. no. AP 1987.06).