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image of Italian Landscape Joseph Wright (artist)
British, 1734 - 1797
Italian Landscape, 1790
oil on canvas
overall: 103.5 x 130.4 cm (40 3/4 x 51 5/16 in.) framed: 122.2 x 146.7 x 6.9 cm (48 1/8 x 57 3/4 x 2 11/16 in.)
Paul Mellon Collection
1983.1.47
On View
From the Tour: British and American History Paintings of the 1700s
Object 8 of 8

Conservation Notes

The canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The ground is a smooth proprietary white. The painting is executed in a sophisticated range of techniques. The design has been blocked in with rich fluid paint; this is blended wet into wet in the sky, with thicker whites adding texture and definition. In the foreground and middle ground the base color is modified by a complex series of fluid opaque layers and glazes, with the final detail applied in bright, thick paint; in the mountains the base color of solid, opaque purplish lavender is modified by thin layers of green and bluish gray. The paint surface has been abraded in the mountain on the left side, and has been flattened during lining. There are scattered retouches in the sky. Otherwise the painting is in good condition. The moderately thick synthetic varnish has not discolored.

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