Da Treviso The Elder, Girolamo (Attributed to)

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Description

Virgin and Child with Two Saints, 2nd half 15th C.


Oil on panel,

 

41 3/4 x 30 1/2 x 7 5/8" 

 

The lattice structure seen on the back of this painting is known as a cradle. It is made of slats of wood adhered to the back of the panel in the direction of the wood grain, with sliding members inserted at right angles. Cradling was a common practice of restoration for centuries and was used to correct and stabilize damage caused by cracking, warping, and even insect infestation, all of which can be seen here. This method of straightening was carried out by first thinning the wood, one result of which is that the tunnels made by worms are exposed. Impressions of the nails, which were used to secure the cradle, are visible in the corners and sides. Though these restoration techniques were common at one point , conservators today take a less invasive approach in their measures to ensure longevity.

Creator

Da Treviso The Elder, Girolamo (Attributed to)

active Treviso, 1455 - 1497

Source

The Sedgwick Collection of Old Master Paintings

Identifier

1960.2

Citation

Da Treviso The Elder, Girolamo (Attributed to) active Treviso, 1455 - 1497, “Da Treviso The Elder, Girolamo (Attributed to),” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed October 3, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/661.