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image of The Veil of Veronica Domenico Fetti (artist)
Roman, 1589 - 1623
The Veil of Veronica, c. 1618/1622
oil on panel
overall (original panel): 80.6 x 66.3 cm (31 3/4 x 26 1/8 in.) overall (with non-original wood strips): 82.5 x 68 cm (32 1/2 x 26 3/4 in.) framed: 100.7 x 86.4 cm (39 5/8 x 34 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1952.5.7
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Conservation Notes

The support is a two-member panel, probably poplar,[1] with a vertical join just left of center. The ground is a smooth white layer under a warm, pale red imprimatura that shows through in thinly painted areas. The paint was applied thinly and opaquely, often with a small feathered brushstroke. A larger brush was used for the drapery folds, but without creating impasto. Wood strips on all four sides were added in 1944 when the panel was marouflaged and cradled. The paint surface is abraded, especially in the shadows of the face and hair. Areas of discolored inpainting are visible here as well as in the shadows of the cloth folds and along the panel join. The varnish is discolored and the otherwise thick varnish is much thinner in the whites and flesh tones.


[1] Wood analysis was not carried out because the panel itself is completely hidden behind edge strips and a wooden backing attached prior to cradling. The apperance of the grain in x-radiographs, however, suggests an even-grained hardwook, possible poplar (populus sp.) or walnut (juglans regia).

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