National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Archbishop Diomede Falconio Thomas Eakins (artist)
American, 1844 - 1916
Archbishop Diomede Falconio, 1905
oil on canvas
overall: 183.2 x 137.7 cm (72 1/8 x 54 3/16 in.) framed: 204.5 x 159.4 x 6 cm (80 1/2 x 62 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.)
Gift of Stephen C. Clark
1946.16.1
On View
From the Tour: Homer and Eakins: American Painters in the Late 1800s
Object 4 of 8

Conservation Notes

The painting is on a medium-weight, plain-weave fabric that was lined sometime between 1930 and 1946. There is cusping only along the right edge, but the painting appears to be its original size. The lining fabric is inscribed "HANC EFFIGIEM ILLMI AC REVMI DIOMEDI FALCONIO ARCHLARISSENSIS ET DELEGATI APOSTOLICI IN STATIBUS FOEDERATIS AMERICAE SEPTEMTRIONALIS PINXIT THOMAS EAKINS WASHINGTONII MDCCCCV / EAKINS," which presumably was copied from the back of the original fabric. The paint ranges in consistency from low impasto to fluid glaze. A dark brown transparent imprimatura, although whether overall or only in selected areas is unclear, was applied over a white ground of medium thickness. Opaque lighter tones were scumbled over the dark underlayer. A glossy, probably pigmented layer that seems original surrounds the face and extends down to the collar. The painting was treated in 1981; discolored varnish was removed and the painting was restored.

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