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image of The Adoration of the Shepherds Adriaen Isenbrant (artist)
Netherlandish, active 1510 - 1551
The Adoration of the Shepherds, probably 1520/1540
oil on panel
overall: 74.6 x 57 cm (29 3/8 x 22 7/16 in.) framed: 93.3 x 74.9 cm (36 3/4 x 29 1/2 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
1978.46.1
Not on View
From the Tour: The Netherlands and France in the 1500s
Object 6 of 8

Conservation Notes

The painting is composed of two boards with vertical grain. The original panel has been mounted on a second piece of wood and thin wood strips have been attached around the edges. The painting is in generally good condition, but there is scattered abrasion and small losses throughout. There are small losses along the join line and around all edges. Infrared reflectography reveals underdrawing in the figures and architecture. In some instances the changes in the underdrawing are paralleled by changes in the paint layer, as, for instance, in the increased base of the square column at the extreme left and the corresponding adjustment in the hem of the Virgin's robe.

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