Repentant Mary Magdalene
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.
Antwerp 1591 - 1651
Repentant Mary Magdalene
oil on canvas
47 5/8 by 68 7/8 in.; 121 by 174.9 cm.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work is in beautiful condition. The canvas has an old glue lining, which is still nicely stabilizing the paint layer. Although the cracking is very slightly raised in her left bicep, there is no instability to the paint layer. The work seems to be clean, and it is well varnished.
Very few retouches are evident under ultraviolet light. The only retouches in the figure of Mary Madeleine are a few in the darker colors of her red mantle. There seems to be one structural restoration to a small tear in the crucifix and a few very isolated retouches in the shadows of the straw mat on which she reclines.
The work should be hung in its current state.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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J.C. Serre and J. Leegenhoek, Tableaux des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècle, Société Labatut, Paris 1988, pp. 31-32, no. 9, reproduced (as Seghers);
D. Bieneck, Gerard Seghers, Lingen 1992, p. 259, no. C15, reproduced (as a copy [French?] after a lost original);
A.K. Wheelock, Jr., Flemish Paintings of the Seventeenth Century, The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue, Washington, D.C. 2005, pp. 224-227, reproduced in color (as Seghers).
Lucas Vorsterman, inscribed: Amour meus Crucifixus est... Albertina, Vienna, H/II/28/33.
Paris, Société Labatut, Exposition de Tableaux des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, 21 September - 20 December 1988, no. 9;
Florence, Palazzo Pitti, La Maddalena tra Sacro e Profano, 1986-87, no cat. no.;
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, Art for the Nation: Gifts in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1991, unnumbered;
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts; Philadelphia, Museum of Art, The Age of Rubens, 22 September 1993 - 24 April 1994 (requested).