National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of The Marriage of the Virgin Bernard van Orley (artist)
Netherlandish, c. 1488 - 1541
The Marriage of the Virgin, c. 1513
oil on panel
painted surface: 54.4 x 33 cm (21 7/16 x 13 in.) overall (panel): 55.5 x 34 cm (21 7/8 x 13 3/8 in.) framed: 63 x 41.8 x 5.7 cm (24 13/16 x 16 7/16 x 2 1/4 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1952.5.48
Not on View
From the Tour: The Netherlands and France in the 1500s
Object 5 of 8

Conservation Notes

The painting is in very good condition with only small scattered retouchings and a large, repainted loss in the upper left sky. With the possible exception of the bottom edge, the panel has been cut down slightly at the edges, so that portions of the design and barbe are missing. The paint surface narrows on the sides 10 cm from the bottom, suggesting that the frame was irregularly shaped. Examination with infrared reflectography reveals extensive underdrawing throughout the figures and architecture. There are numerous minor changes in the figures; the small square windows were originally drawn larger and arched. The painting was cleaned and restored in 1949.

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