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image of Saint Anne with the Virgin and the Christ Child Master of Frankfurt (artist)
Netherlandish, c. 1460 - active 1520s
Saint Anne with the Virgin and the Christ Child, c. 1511/1515
oil on panel
painted surface: 72.5 x 56.7 cm (28 9/16 x 22 5/16 in.) overall (panel): 73.5 x 57.5 cm (28 15/16 x 22 5/8 in.) framed: 84.5 x 70.5 x 6.4 cm (33 1/4 x 27 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney K. Lafoon
1976.67.1
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From the Tour: The Netherlands and France in the 1500s
Object 2 of 8

Conservation Notes

The painting, composed of two boards, was restored in 1979-1981 and is now in secure condition. Numerous small losses have been inpainted, and extensive losses in Saint Anne's green robe as well as the gold cloud that surrounds God the Father have been repainted.[1]

Examination with infrared reflectography reveals large amounts of underdrawing in the figures. The manner of underdrawing in the drapery is somewhat different than that in the faces and hands. There are changes in the position of Saint Anne's and the Virgin's hands and in the heads of the Christ Child and the Virgin. The absence of major pentimenti suggests that changes were made at the drawing stage.[2]


[1] Hoenigswald 1982, 55 - 62. The painting was restored at least twice in the past and a memorandum of a conversation between Arthur Wheelock, curator of northern baroque painting at the Gallery, and Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Lafoon on 30 June 1976 in curatorial files mentions the restoration by Harold Cross in 1955.
[2] Hoenigswald 1982, 56.

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