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image of Still Life with Fruit, Fish, and a Nest Abraham Mignon (artist)
German, 1640 - 1679
Still Life with Fruit, Fish, and a Nest, c. 1675
oil on canvas
overall: 94 x 73.5 cm (37 x 28 15/16 in.) framed: 117.5 x 98.4 x 5.1 cm (46 1/4 x 38 3/4 x 2 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. John Heinz III
1989.23.1
Not on View
From the Tour: Dutch Still Lifes and Landscapes of the 1600s
Object 7 of 8

Conservation Notes

The support, a fine-weight, plain-weave fabric, has a double lining. The tacking margins are trimmed but cusping visible along all edges indicates the original dimensions have been retained. A long horizontal tear in the lower right corner transverses the fish, while a smaller area of damage has occurred along the bottom edge at the left. A smooth, thin white ground was applied overall, followed by a brown imprimatura also employed as the background tone. Infrared reflectography reveals a grid layout for the transfer of the precise brush-applied underdrawing in the fish and fruits.

Thin, smooth paint layers were applied in a slow, deliberate manner with some strokes blended wet into wet. Leaves painted transparently over the background incorporate the brown layer as a shadow. Abrasion is minimal, and losses are confined to the edges and tears. Remnants of a selectively removed aged varnish layer are found over the background, while a fresher semi-matte varnish is present overall. No conservation has been carried out since acquisition.

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