National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of The Cottage Dooryard Adriaen van Ostade (artist)
Dutch, 1610 - 1685
The Cottage Dooryard, 1673
oil on canvas
overall: 44 x 39.5 cm (17 5/16 x 15 9/16 in.) framed: 74.3 x 69.2 x 7.6 cm (29 1/4 x 27 1/4 x 3 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.48
On View
From the Tour: Johannes Vermeer and Dutch Scenes of Daily Life in the 1600s
Object 3 of 8

Conservation Notes

The support is a moderately coarse-textured fabric, tightly woven in a plain weave. It has been lined with the tacking margins trimmed, but cusping visible in the x-radiograph indicates the dimensions have not been altered. The fabric weave is visible through the thick, smooth white ground.

Paint is applied in thin layers with no appreciable brushmarking or impasto. The vehicular pastes of the figures, architecture, and sky give way to fluid opaque washes in the foreground. Lean granular yellows and transparent green glazes are employed in the foliage. A pentimento is visible in the upper left tree. The condition of the painting is excellent. Abrasion is slight, and losses are confined to the edges and an area of flaking around the foreground figures at right.

In 1975 a double lining was removed and the support relined. An aged surface coating was removed.

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