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image of View of Dordrecht from the Dordtse Kil Jan van Goyen (artist)
Dutch, 1596 - 1656
View of Dordrecht from the Dordtse Kil, 1644
oil on panel
overall: 64.7 x 95.9 cm (25 1/2 x 37 3/4 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
1978.11.1
Not on View
From the Tour: Dutch Landscapes and Seascapes of the 1600s
Object 3 of 8

Conservation Notes

The support is a thin oak panel composed of three horizontally grained boards of equal width joined horizontally. The support has been mounted onto another thin panel and cradled, with a slight dislevel along the upper join of the original panel. Paint is applied over a thin white ground with low, fine brushmarking, in thin semi-transparent darks and thicker opaque lights.[1] In the sky and light areas of water, the buildings and boats were painted over a thin, pale underpaint layer. A thicker, more opaque upper layer was then applied, passing around the boats and townscape.

Small amounts of repaint cover the panel joins, edges, and areas of slight abrasion. In a prior restoration, four undamaged areas in the central sky were overpainted to make the clouds appear denser.


[1] Pigment analysis is available in the Scientific Research Department, 4 August 1982.

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