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image of Mary, Queen of Heaven Master of the Saint Lucy Legend (artist)
Netherlandish, active c. 1480 - c. 1510
Mary, Queen of Heaven, c. 1485/1500
oil on panel
painted surface: 199.2 x 161.8 cm (78 7/16 x 63 11/16 in.) overall (panel): 201.5 x 163.8 cm (79 5/16 x 64 1/2 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1952.2.13
On View
From the Tour: Netherlandish and Spanish Altarpieces in the Late 1400s and Early 1500s
Object 6 of 6

Conservation Notes

The support consists of six boards with vertical grain. X-radiographs show that the joins are reinforced with dowels. A smooth white ground is present.[1] The presence of a barbe on all sides indicates that the panel is very close to its original size and was painted in an engaged frame. In general, the painting is in very good condition, but there are numerous small losses throughout and somewhat larger losses in the upper paint layers of the landscape. Some retouches have darkened. Examination with infrared reflectography reveals extensive underdrawing, discussed below. The painting was cleaned and restored in 1950-1951 and a very small area of flaking paint was restored in 1962.


[1] Kress 1951, 182, states that the paint was applied directly to the panel without an intervening ground; this error is repeated by Walker 1963, 106, but corrected in Eisler 1977, 63, n. 6.

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