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The Madonna of the Rose

Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli

The Madonna of the Rose

Charcoal and Pastel on Paper


Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Tanis in honor of Caroline Wister


Bedoli was a 16th century Italian painter and draughtsman, trained under Parmigianino, who became the most sought-after painter in Parma following Parmigianino’s death. His work, though distinguishable from his teacher’s work, is often confused with Parmigianino. Bedoli’s painting mostly consists of altarpieces and frescoes. Like Parmigianino, Bedoli produced numerous preparatory sketches, like this one of the Madonna of the Rose, for his paintings. Bedoli’s favored medium was red or black chalk and his work is marked by a subtle inclusion of atmosphere and psychological insight. 

Current Condition of the Artwork: 

The drawing was heavily restored through a washing and “wet mounting” to cardstock. The ink was disrupted by the restoration and there are numerous poorly placed paper patches. The papers are separating. 

Conservation Treatment Proposed:

  • Remove the matte, backing, and any mending patches.
  • Apply a wash and reduce inpainting.
  • Mend/reinforce with Japanese paper and wheat starch paste.
  • Insert losses with wove paper, similar in weight, tone, and texture.
  • Humidify and flatten.
  • Inpaint as needed to blend damages into image.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field. 

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $2,200.00