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image of The Baptism of Clovis Master of Saint Giles (painter)
Franco-Flemish, active c. 1500
The Baptism of Clovis, c. 1500
oil on panel
painted surface: 61.5 x 45.5 cm (24 3/16 x 17 15/16 in.) overall (panel): 63.3 x 46.7 cm (24 15/16 x 18 3/8 in.) framed: 78.1 x 62 x 5.7 cm (30 3/4 x 24 7/16 x 2 1/4 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
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From the Tour: The Netherlands and France in the 1500s
Object 1 of 8

Conservation Notes

Like 1952.2.14, the panel was thinned and cradled sometime before 1937, leaving no traces of the grisaille formerly on the back. There are two vertical joins approximately 15 and 30 cm in from the left edge and a split approximately 39 cm from the left edge. These correspond to the joins and split on the grisaille of Saint Denis, presumably destroyed. The paint surface is in good condition. There is some fill and inpainting along the split where it extends down through the head of the priest holding the bishop's robe. There are many scattered small losses in the paint and ground layer, with a larger loss in the lower right corner. Rather extensive abrasion has resulted in the loss or breaking up of some of the fine highlights and transparent glazes in areas such as the heads of the priests at the right and of the king, queen, and man to her left. Two small losses, to the left of the left eye and beside the right eyebrow of the queen, have probably not altered her expression unduly.[1] The somewhat disturbed appearance of the surface is due in part to extraordinarily extensive changes in every area of the painting, including a complete reworking of the setting and a repositioning of the heads of most of the foreground figures. These changes were made at all stages of the painting process, in the underdrawing and in the lower and upper paint layers.

[1] Eisler 1977, 242, suggested that her dour expression was due to restoration.

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