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image of The Saint Anne Altarpiece: Saint Anne with the Virgin and Child [middle panel] Gerard David and Workshop
Gerard David (painter)
Netherlandish, c. 1460 - 1523
Anonymous Artist (painter)
Gerard David (related artist)
Netherlandish, c. 1460 - 1523
The Saint Anne Altarpiece: Saint Anne with the Virgin and Child [middle panel], c. 1500/1520
oil on panel
painted surface (including addition at top): 232.5 x 96 cm (91 9/16 x 37 13/16 in.) overall (panel): 236.1 x 97.5 cm (92 15/16 x 38 3/8 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.17.b
Not on View
From the Tour: The Netherlands and France in the 1500s
Object 4 of 8

Conservation Notes

The panel is composed of four boards with the grain running vertically. The painted section added to the top is 20.5 cm high and composed of five pieces of wood. There is a barbe on the left and right edges. Small rounded losses are present throughout and there is a diagonal scratch approximately 25 cm long in the lower right of Saint Anne's robe.

Examination with infrared photography and infrared reflectography reveals underdrawing in all three panels. Extensive underdrawing, in brush, is visible throughout the center panel. In the Virgin's arm there is what can be presumed to be a correction in a medium that has beaded and appears greasier than the other underdrawing. The underdrawing in the side panels is in a drier medium with thinner lines. The face of Saint Nicholas is underdrawn. In the right panel there are curving lines at the upper right and left and underdrawing in the face, robe, and feet of Saint Anthony.

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