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image of The Nymph of the Spring Lucas Cranach the Elder (artist)
German, 1472 - 1553
The Nymph of the Spring, after 1537
oil on panel
overall: 48.4 x 72.8 cm (19 1/16 x 28 11/16 in.) framed: 62.9 x 87.6 cm (24 3/4 x 34 1/2 in.)
Gift of Clarence Y. Palitz
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From the Tour: German Painting and Sculpture in the Late 1400s and 1500s
Object 2 of 12

Conservation Notes

The panel is composed of three boards with horizontal grain, each of which varies in height from one side to the other.[1] The panel has been thinned, probably at the time the cradle was attached, and the top and right edges may have been slightly trimmed. Examination with infrared reflectography did not disclose underdrawing, although it did indicate that the left branch of the tree on the right was painted later than the trunk. There are also pentimenti visible to the naked eye in the contour of the lower part of the nymph's leg and right forearm and in the townscape.

The painting is generally in good condition but has suffered some damage. There are checks at the left and right sides, chips missing from the top left and right corners, and a few small drill holes on the top and bottom edges. On the top left edge there are two large losses that have been filled and retouched, and there is scattered retouching throughout.

[1] The wood was identified as linden by Peter Klein, examination report, 29 September 1987, in NGA curatorial files, and by the National Gallery's scientific research department.

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