National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Saint Mary Salome and Her Family Bernhard Strigel (artist)
German, 1460/1461 - 1528
Saint Mary Salome and Her Family, c. 1520/1528
oil on panel
overall: 125 x 65.7 cm (49 3/16 x 25 7/8 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1961.9.89
On View
From the Tour: 15th and Early 16th-Century Germany
Object 7 of 8

Conservation Notes

The painting is on a fir panel apparently composed of two boards with vertical grain,[1] although numerous cracks make it difficult to determine the number of joins. In 1947 the panel was thinned, marouflaged to mahogany, and cradled. As with the pendant, the ground is rather thick and the bole under the gilding is reddish in tone. The same extensive underdrawing is revealed under examination with infrared reflectography; changes in the eye and thumb of the man to the right of Mary Salome are visible.

The picture is basically in good condition. There is a certain amount of worm tunneling, visible at the edges of the panel. The paint layer is in generally good condition; retouching is confined to the edges, the joins, and the numerous vertical cracks in the bottom third of the painting.


[1] The wood was identified as fir by Michael Palmer, National Gallery's scientific research department; Eisler 1977 listed the support of this painting and 1961.9.89 as linden.

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