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Flagellation of Christ

Eustache Le Sueur

Flagellation of Christ, 17th Century

Sanguine (Red Conté Crayon) with Iron Gall Ink on Paper



Eustache Le Sueur was a 17th century French painter and draughtsman. Considered one of the founders of French classicism, Le Sueur’s style and influence are comparable to that of Nicolas Poussin and Charles Le Brun. Throughout his career, Le Sueur was primarily an historical, mythological, and religious painter although his later work is marked by an increased number of devotional paintings and portraits. Le Sueur’s early work, composed of bright and pleasing colors, subtlety of detail, and a charming lyricism, contrasts significantly to his later work which is noticeably more serious and austere, abandoning poetic and harmonious compositions for more carefully and rationally planned paintings.

Current Condition of the Artwork:

The drawing and paper are in relatively good condition. Improper attachment to the mount is causing physical stress. Losses along left edge make the paper vulnerable, especially when handling.

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • Remove from the mount and return mount detached.
  • Small stains may be reduced very slightly in appearance by surface cleaning, but will not be eliminated.
  • Mend with Japanese paper and wheat starch paste, and flatten.
  • Reduce appearance of discoloration.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $900.00