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image of The Rest on the Flight into Egypt Maerten van Heemskerck (painter)
Netherlandish, 1498 - 1574
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, c. 1530
oil on panel
overall: 57.7 x 74.7 cm (22 11/16 x 29 7/16 in.) framed: 82.5 x 99.7 x 8.2 cm (32 1/2 x 39 1/4 x 3 1/4 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1961.9.36
On View
From the Tour: Antwerp in the Early 1500s
Object 7 of 7

Conservation Notes

The panel consists of two boards with horizontal grain.[1] There are losses along the join line of these two boards. In the flesh tones, the areas of deep red, and in the buildings at the distant right, there is extensive blistering and it is possible that the painting was exposed to excessive heat. There are numerous small losses in the torso of the Christ Child. Examination with infrared reflectography reveals underdrawing, which appears to be brush. Contours and fold lines in the drapery are loosely defined; hatching is not visible. The Virgin's arm has been lowered from its underdrawn position and the fingers of her proper right hand were originally longer. The painting was restored in 1984/1985.


[1] Examination did not disclose the piece of canvas covering the board in the landscape area mentioned by Eisler 1977, 86.

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