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Arcadian Landscape

Jacob de Heusch

Arcadian Landscape, 18th Century

Oil on Canvas

96-P-424

Purchased with funds provided by Benjamin D. Bernstein and Art Angels

Jacob de Heusch was a 17th and 18th century Dutch Italianate painter who trained in the Netherlands but later traveled to Rome, inspired by the splendor of the classical ruins. Trained by his cousin and fellow Dutch Italianate painter, Willem de Heusche, Jacob typically produced Roman landscapes featuring pastoral subjects bathed in a warm, southern light. As a member of the third generation of Dutch Italianates, de Heusch’s landscapes are usually idealized rather than detailed representations of the Roman countryside. 

Condition of the Artwork (2009): 

There is a fine to medium scale, slightly cupped, age cracking overall. There is an area of severe cupping and detaching paint in the upper right corner, 3”h x 8”w. Ultra violet light reveals old inpainting in this area, indicating a history of flaking. There may be some abrasion from framing along the bottom edge.

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • The detaching paint in the upper right corner must be consolidated as soon as possible, or paint will be lost. Consolidate insecure paint with a conservation quality adhesive.
  • Remove/reduce the discolored varnish with the appropriate cleaning agents.
  • Remove/reduce the somewhat extensive, (but normal for a painting of this age) repaints.
  • Apply an isolating layer of a conservation quality varnish overall.
  • Fill and inpaint paint losses and abrasions with conservation quality materials.
  • Apply a conservation quality finish varnish overall.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

Conserved in 2011-2012 With Support from the Stockman Family Foundation

(See Online Exhibition of Conservation Treatments)