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Wings of a Triptych: Two Donors with their Children
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Wings of a Triptych: Two Donors with their Children


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Description These two panels were wings of an altarpiece; the lost central panel would have depicted a sacred scene, toward which the donors turned. Details of a group of riders behind the head of the man point to a scene such as the Crucifixion of Christ. This is supported by the palm tree at left and penetrating light marking this dream-like terrain as Mediterranean. The clothing of the couple and their children mark them as affluent; both the man and the woman wear firs, and the woman's tiny buttons are seed pearls while her rings and the glimpse of her girdle (belt) are substantial pieces of goldsmith work. The paintings were never completed, leaving the under-drawing visible. The style is close to that of Jan van Scorel, the leading painter in the northern Netherlands during the 1530s. A trip in 1519–24 to Venice, the Holy Land, and Rome influenced Van Scorel’s development of sculpted faces and misty, fantasy landscapes. Nevertheless, a comparison with a detail of Van Scorel's Portrait of Agatha van Schoonhoven (Gallery Doria Pamphili, Rome) demonstrates that our artist's preference for more chiseled anatomy.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
1/01/1900Examinationexamined for condition
3/05/1938Treatmentother
4/01/1941Treatmentcradle removed; inpainted; mounted; other
4/15/1941Treatmentcleaned; coated; inpainted; other
4/26/1963Treatmentcleaned; coated; filled; inpainted; loss compensation; surface cleaned
5/23/1981Examinationexamined for condition
10/17/1988Treatmentcoated; inpainted
1/01/1996Examinationexamined for condition; examined for technical study
Exhibitions
  • To Arrest the Ravages of Time: Caring for Art at the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
1530s (Renaissance)
Medium
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.247
Measurements
H: 32 1/2 x W: 25 3/4 in. (82.5 x 65.4 cm)
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