Roman School, 17th Century
Head of an old man
oil on canvas
unframed: 45.2 x 32.7 cm.; 17 3/4 x 12 7/8 in.
framed: 70 x 58.7 cm.; 27 5/8 x 23 1/8 in.
The canvas has a firm relining, the paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish relatively clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals that an inch-wide strip has been added along the lower margin of the painting, and there is retouching along this and where it joins. There is also a diagonal section of retouching extending from the upper left corner to the right-hand margin, around 4 inches below the upper right corner, through the man's hair - possibly also denoting an addition. Otherwise there are scattered areas of retouching, none of which is longer than 2/3cm., most notably in the man's nose and beard, and along the left contour of his face. The painting presents well in its current state, without a need for further intervention.
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