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image of The Return of the Prodigal Son Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (artist)
Spanish, 1617 - 1682
The Return of the Prodigal Son, 1667/1670
oil on canvas
overall: 236.3 x 261 cm (93 1/16 x 102 3/4 in.) framed: 262.9 x 286.4 x 8.6 cm (103 1/2 x 112 3/4 x 3 3/8 in.)
Gift of the Avalon Foundation
1948.12.1
On View
From the Tour: Spanish Painting in the Seventeenth Century
Object 7 of 7

Conservation Notes

The picture is executed on a coarse, loosely woven linen support comprised of three pieces of fabric sewn together, the seams horizontal. It is lined, with a narrow strip of tacking edge left intact. The ground is moderately thick and buff colored. The paint is of paste consistency and applied broadly to emphasize the brushwork. The ground and paint layers are largely intact, although there is some flattening of the paint texture and slight abrasion of the readily soluble colors, especially the thinly applied reds and browns and blacks. The paint surface also exhibits wide-aperture, deeply cupped crackle. The varnish is delaminating from the edges of the cracks.

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