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image of Portrait of a Female Donor Petrus Christus (artist)
Netherlandish, active 1444 - 1475/1476
Portrait of a Female Donor, c. 1455
oil on panel
overall: 41.8 x 21.6 cm (16 7/16 x 8 1/2 in.) framed: 54.3 x 35.5 x 9.2 cm (21 3/8 x 14 x 3 5/8 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1961.9.11
Not on View
From the Tour: Netherlandish Painting in the 1400s
Object 6 of 9

Conservation Notes

Wooden strips appx. 0.5 cm wide have been attached to all sides of the original oak panel, which has been planed down, mounted on a thin layer of softwood, and cradled. Both this panel and 1961.9.10 are made from single boards, each cut from the same tree. The painting was restored by Stephen Pichetto about 1938. The paint surface is in general in very good condition. There are scattered small retouchings in the face, robe, and background, as well as some larger areas of repaint. These are in the wall just above the figure's hands, at the left edge of the painting above the book, and at the bottom of the dress. Infrared reflectography and infrared photographs show that the prie-dieu was painted over the floor tiles and the robe of the donor. Guidelines for the tiled floor also extend beneath the donor's robe. Before the inclusion of the prie-dieu, the wall of the chamber met the tiled floor appx. 10 cm from the bottom edge of the panel. This junction is also visible in raking light.

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