Maarten van Heemskerck
Maarten van Heemskerck
Heemskerk 1498 - 1574 Haarlem
oil on oak panel, with a shaped top
23 ½ by 17 ¼ in.; 59.7 by 43.8 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, email@example.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work is painted on an oak panel made from three pieces joined vertically. One join runs through the left of the tree trunk, and the other immediately to the right of the tree trunk. Both of these joins have opened slightly and require some structural restoration. On the reverse, it can be seen that there are additions across the top and in the upper right and upper left corners, which create the contour of the top edge. There are three horizontal battens on the reverse, and the original joins have been reinforced with strips of canvas.
Under ultraviolet light, very fine retouches are visible in the two faces on the left. The central figure and the male figure in the upper right show very few retouches. The head of Christ also shows hardly any retouches, except in his hair. The body of Christ shows small but numerous retouches, particularly in the legs and in the shadows of the torso and arms. There are old restorations along the two original joins in the panel and isolated retouches in the darker colors of the clothing and background. The sky also seems to show retouches.
The paint layer is slightly dirty but does not necessarily need to be cleaned. If the vertical joins were repaired, the work could be hung in its current state.
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