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image of Still Life with Fruit and Carafe Pensionante del Saraceni (painter)
French (?), active c. 1610/1620
Still Life with Fruit and Carafe, c. 1610/1620
oil on canvas
overall: 50.4 x 71.6 cm (19 13/16 x 28 3/16 in.) framed: 71.1 x 92.1 x 5.4 cm (28 x 36 1/4 x 2 1/8 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1939.1.159
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Conservation Notes

The support is a plain-weave fabric with an uneven, open weave. The ground is a thin white or off-white layer. It was applied with a tool that produced thin diagonal strokes visible in the upper-left portion of the background. The paint was applied as a medium paste and the brushstrokes are evident only in the whites and in the watermelon, all other areas having been thinly applied. Areas of paint abut one another rather than overlap, as in the foreground pear: the ground around this fruit shows through as a thin outline. At the left side, however, the cloth appears to have been completed before the fruit was painted over it. Examination of x-radiographs shows reserves for all of the fruit except the cherries in the left foreground, indicating that the cloth was painted first only in the area of the cherries.

Pronounced cusping is visible on all four sides and extends to the center of the fabric; the tacking margins have been removed. Abrasion has exposed the fabric in some areas, particularly in the foreground. There is a small repaired tear in the watermelon and small losses scattered throughout. The painting was relined, discolored varnish was removed, and the painting was restored by Stephen Pichetto about 1935. The most recent treatment was carried out by Sarah Fisher, who removed discolored varnish and restored the painting in 1982.

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