National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Saint Lucy Francisco de Zurbarán (artist)
Spanish, 1598 - 1664
Saint Lucy, c. 1625/1630
oil on canvas
overall: 104.14 × 77 cm (41 × 30 5/16 in.) framed: 133.7 x 106 x 8.9 cm (52 5/8 x 41 3/4 x 3 1/2 in.)
Chester Dale Collection
1943.7.11
On View
From the Tour: Spanish Painting in the Seventeenth Century
Object 3 of 7

Conservation Notes

The painting is on a rather coarse, fairly open-weave fabric and is lined with an aqueous adhesive to fabric. The tacking margins have been cut off, and there is cusping of the fabric support on the right and bottom edges. There is a white ground layer over which an oil-type paint is applied wet into dry. It is relatively thinly applied with a certain amount of impasto in the flowers and some highlights. The original fabric is highly dessicated, and the condition of the paint layer suggests that there was once severe flaking overall. The existing losses are small but numerous, and many are filled with inpainting and discolored varnish. Also, the paint surface is abraded throughout and covered with a thick, discolored varnish. Discolored residues of old varnish which appear in the green drapery are particularly disfiguring.

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