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image of Moonlit Landscape with Bridge Aert van der Neer (artist)
Dutch, 1603/1604 - 1677
Moonlit Landscape with Bridge, probably 1648/1650
oil on panel
overall: 78.4 x 110.2 cm (30 7/8 x 43 3/8 in.) framed: 132.7 x 101.6 x 6.4 cm (52 1/4 x 40 x 2 1/2 in.)
Patrons' Permanent Fund
1990.6.1
Not on View
From the Tour: Dutch Landscapes and Seascapes of the 1600s
Object 5 of 8

Conservation Notes

The support is a single piece of thin, horizontally grained walnut cut across the entire tree trunk width.[1] All sides of the back are beveled, and the panel is slightly bowed. The wood grain is plainly visible through the smooth, extremely thin white ground. The thick fawn-colored imprimatura is incorporated as a mid-tone in the foreground and sky.

Paint is applied in thin layers. Brushwork is prominent in the sky, and stippling was employed in the foliage and lawn. Slight cupping has formed along the wood grain. Judiciously applied retouching covers scattered small losses and local abrasions.


[1] See report by Michael Palmer, wood scientist, in the Scientific Research department (25 February 1992).

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