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image of Still Life with Dead Game Willem van Aelst (artist)
Dutch, 1627 - 1683
Still Life with Dead Game, 1661
oil on canvas
overall: 84.7 x 67.3 cm (33 3/8 x 26 1/2 in.)
Pepita Milmore Memorial Fund
1982.36.1
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From the Tour: Dutch Still Lifes and Landscapes of the 1600s
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Conservation Notes

The support, a fine-weight, plain-weave canvas that has been lined, has been trimmed slightly at the top and sides. A thin, smooth, brownish beige ground layer was applied overall. A slightly darker imprimatura lying under the dead game was employed as a mid-tone.

The image was constructed with various layers of opaque paint of thin to moderate consistency as well as with glazes. The overall condition of the painting is excellent, with losses confined to the edges and the hare's muzzle. Thin upper layers and glazes are moderately abraded, particularly in the pouch and strap, bas-relief shadows, and background, and often expose the ground. Abraded rooster and partridge feathers have been retouched. No conservation treatment has been carried out since acquisition.

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