Galliera Veneta 1759 - 1840 Rome
Venus and Cupid
signed and dated centre right: Dco Pellegrini Fct 1806
unframed: 68 x 88.3 cm.; 26 3/4 x 34 3/4 in.
framed: 78.5 x 99 cm.; 30 7/8 x 39 in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear, if a little uneven. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a recent campaign of retouching, composed largely of small, sparsely-scattered retouchings, most notably in the upper left corner, in parts of the drapery, lower left, and to a small damage in Venus' proper left wrist. Older retouchings would appear to be found in some areas of the sky, and also in the contours of Venus' body, but they are very difficult to discern beneath the varnish. In any case the painting presents well in its current state, and the colours and brushwork remain vibrant.
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