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image of The Maas at Dordrecht Aelbert Cuyp (artist)
Dutch, 1620 - 1691
The Maas at Dordrecht, c. 1650
oil on canvas
overall: 114.9 x 170.2 cm (45 1/4 x 67 in.) framed: 151.1 x 205.1 x 15.2 cm (59 1/2 x 80 3/4 x 6 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1940.2.1
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From the Tour: Dutch Still Lifes and Landscapes of the 1600s
Object 2 of 8

Conservation Notes

The original support is a single, moderate-weight, plain-weave fabric with threads of various thicknesses, which has been lined with the tacking margins trimmed. Cusping along all edges indicates that the dimensions are unchanged.

The pale ground is thinly applied, and a darker imprimatura is used as a mid-tone in the foreground. Paint is applied in thin layers, at times blended wet into wet, at times scumbled wet on dry, with thin lines drawn fluidly in brush-applied paint. The x-radiograph shows no changes.

The painting is in good condition, particularly for a work of its size. Moderate abrasion to the thin upper paint layers is visible in dark passages of the boats, figures, and seascape. Discolored retouching is present throughout the sky and along the edges. The painting was lined in 1944 and cleaned in 1958.

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