Antique Italian fresco (detached fresco).
‘Madonna con bambino’.
The characters’ expressions are gently characterised, especially that of the Child, who hints at a childlike smile. A small bird rests in the baby’s hands, depicted with extreme tenderness. The work is rich in craquelure due to age, which makes it even more interesting and valuable. From the painting you can see bright reflections, derived from the Flemish lesson filtered by Tuscan fresco painters. This can also be seen in the studied lighting of the well turned body of the Child, where lights and shadows are carefully investigated, instead of being applied according to traditional patterns. The Mother’s face is extraordinarily well depicted.
Transferred to canvas and put onto a panel for conservation purposes - Framed in wooden slats.
Fragment belonging to a larger scene, from a series of outdoor decorations and grisailles.
Dimensions: 58 x 42 cm - Framed in natural wooden slats.
- Estimated period / style: 1800s / 1850s.
- Origin: Tuscany, Italy - Sienese school fresco - mural series RVC Restauri.
Preserved in good condition.
Supplementary and preservative restoration. These kinds of frescoes were detached between the 1960s and the 1970s because they were decorative or school frescoes. Free circulation, without restrictions or limitations. Pictorial losses, gaps, voids, are characteristic of the mural painting and not flaws. The current conservative state is the result of restoration and does not require any intervention by the final acquirer.
Between the 18th and the 19th century in Italy, a considerable number of Italian painting masterpieces were pulled away and detached from the vaults of churches and chapels and from the walls of public and private buildings, where they stood for centuries, and were then transferred to safer places, into picture and art galleries in Italy and Europe. Collection purposes were often hidden behind the official preservative reasons. The pieces were detached to be preserved on canvas until the 1960s/1970s.
The work will be accompanied by the historiography brochure ‘Storia degli affreschi’.
References with technical data on back.
- Oude Italiaanse Fresco - scheur op canvas / fragment
- Geschatte periode
- Tweede helft 18e eeuw
- Land van herkomst
- Goede staat - gebruikt met kleine tekenen van ouderdom en vlekjes