Antonio Maria Vassallo (artist)|
Genoese, c. 1620 - 1664/1673
The Larder, probably c. 1650/1660
oil on canvas
overall: 229.2 x 163.2 cm (90 1/4 x 64 1/4 in.) framed: 257.8 x 192.4 x 10.1 cm (101 1/2 x 75 3/4 x 4 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
Object 4 of 6
Conservation NotesThe support is a loose, uneven plain-weave fabric, prepared with a warm red-brown ground. The background was sketched in first with reserves left for the still-life composition, which was worked up in layers wet-over-dry, and with scumbles and glazes, although some passages were painted wet-into-wet. The paint consistency varies from liquid and thin to moderate impasto in the highlights. X-radiographs reveal that the design was executed precisely with no artist's changes.
The tacking margins have been removed, but cusping is visible on all four edges. There are small losses scattered throughout and some minor abrasion, which is concentrated in the lower quarter. Discolored varnish was removed and the painting was restored by Mario Modestini in 1948.
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