Hans Memling (artist)|
Netherlandish, active c. 1465 - 1494
Saint Veronica [obverse], c. 1470/1475
oil on panel
painted surface: 30.3 x 22.8 cm (11 15/16 x 9 in.) overall (panel): 31.2 x 24.4 cm (12 5/16 x 9 5/8 in.) framed: 38.9 x 31.8 x 3.8 cm (15 5/16 x 12 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
Object 8 of 9
Conservation NotesThe panel is composed of a single piece of wood which has been unevenly trimmed at the top edge. It is approximately .5 cm thick at the bottom edge. The painting on the front of the panel is in excellent condition, with only a few scattered small losses. There are some small areas of abrasion in the sky. The back is in less good condition, having received a number of nicks and scratches as well as more abrasion. However, the chalice and snake are well preserved with only a few small losses. The front of the panel was cleaned and restored in 1982 and the reverse cleaned and restored in 1983.
The figure of Saint Veronica is fully underdrawn in what appears to be black chalk, but infrared reflectography revealed minimal underdrawing in the landscape. The underdrawing on the reverse is free and cursory, providing a more general guide for the painted design, including the shadow cast by the chalice.
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