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The de Brécy Trust
Tondo of the Madonna and Child

View Résumé – Craquelure

CONDITION REPORT
  1. The painting is of a circular image within a square canvas. The canvas size is (height x width) 102.5 (+) x 103.7 – 104 cm. The horizontal diameter of the image is between 95.5 and 98 cm. and the vertical diameter is between 99 and 100 cm.

    The painted "frame", between the circle of the image and the square of the canvas, is loosely painted brown.
  2. The stretcher is of dressed wood and is constructed in a square with uniform diagonal battens across the corners. The stretcher is tensioned by wedges at the corners and the intersections. The canvas is secured to the stretcher by hand-made tin-tacks.
  3. Two areas of overpainting are clearly visible: the folds of the sleeve of the Madonna, and Her bodice. The overpainting is crude, especially on the sleeve where the brushwork is out of character with the rest of the painting. The fold is a stylised fold, without any unique detail which observation would have provided.

    [Excerpt quotations as above from Dr Murdoch Lothian PhD thesis 'The Methods Employed to Provenance and to Attribute Putative Works by Raphael', Liverpool University, 1991].
  4. The painting was reframed and glazed at the National Conservation Centre, Liverpool 1, following conservation work on the painting undertaken at the Centre in the period January to May 2000.
  5. At the left edge of the painting in the area of the cherubs faces, there are two minor circles of paint loss.

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