National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Joris Vezeleer Joos van Cleve (artist)
Netherlandish, active 1505/1508 - 1540/1541
Joris Vezeleer, probably 1518
oil on panel
painted surface: 56.3 x 38.2 cm (22 3/16 x 15 1/16 in.) overall (panel, rounded top): 58 x 40 cm (22 13/16 x 15 3/4 in.) framed: 66 x 48.9 cm (26 x 19 1/4 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
1962.9.1
On View
From the Tour: Antwerp in the Early 1500s
Object 3 of 7

Conservation Notes

The panel is made up of two members joined vertically. It is likely that sometime in the past the panel was taken apart, perhaps because of movement along the join line. X-radiographs show three empty dowel holes, and it is possible that the dowels were replaced by the five butterfly reinforcements now in place. Moderate losses along the join line have been repainted, with the heaviest retouching on the bottom half of the join.

The panel is in generally good condition. The bottom finger of the sitter's gloved hand is repainted; there is feathered retouching along the left side of the black robe and scattered retouching in the face and throat and along the edges of the hat.

Examination with infrared reflectography revealed scattered areas of underdrawing in the outline of the gloved hand, in the knuckles, and along the edge of the sitter's nose.

At the bottom left is a resinous circular seal that is partially destroyed and has been covered with black paint. This is almost certainly the same seal of the house of Liechtenstein as that found on the reverse. Reverse: At the center is a black, resinous circular seal that is largely destroyed. At the top center is a red, resinous, circular seal bearing the coat-of-arms of the house of Liechtenstein and the date 1733. Also on the reverse are a paper label from the Lucerne exhibition of 1948 and a black stamp.

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