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Head of Saint Paul

Spanish (probably School of Seville)

European Art

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Spain
  • DATES 1660-1700
    DIMENSIONS 23 1/8 x 17 1/4 in. (58.7 x 43.8 cm)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Francis Gottsberger in memory of his wife, Eliza
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Spanish oil painting of Saint Paul; possibly painted by a student of Juan de Valdés Leal (Spanish, 1622-1690). The faces and hands are awkward and doughy, and the painter does not capture emotion as successfully and sensitively as Leal and other painters of the Spanish Baroque. A 1963 conservation report states the following: “Painting is in bad state – old lining is very dirty and brittle. To be exhibited should be re-lined, cleaned, etc. Cleavage exists, discolored varnish, old abrasion, etc. Cannot be keyed out as support would break.”
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