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Portrait of a Woman with Brooch

School of Rubens

Portrait of a Woman with Brooch, 17th Century

Oil on Panel

74-P-140 

Portrait of a Woman with a Brooch, though not necessarily painted by Peter Paul Rubens himself, was most likely produced in his studio. Rubens, considered one of the Old Masters of the Renaissance, was a 17th century Flemish painter. His baroque style, which emphasizes movement and color, combines features of the Italian Renaissance with the realism and detailed landscape of the Northern Renaissance. Rubens had extensive knowledge of Classical art and literature, incorporating his noble patrons into cycles of allegorical painting. At the height of his career, Rubens had become so successful, he was able to organize a studio of trained pupils and assistants to execute the drawings and sketches Rubens himself produced. While Rubens continued to paint some of the work in his studio, this painting was probably carried out by one of the Master’s students. 

Condition of the Artwork (2009): 

The sliding members of the cradle are frozen, and cannot be moved. This indicates that there is some stress being applied to the sliding members by a panel that wants to have a warped surface. The joint between the panels shows evidence of having split completely apart in the past, and been re-glued. The upper right corner of the panel has been worn down a bit. Very fine age cracking is visible overall. The carefully done inpainting along the joint in the panel has turned too white in her collar. There are some minor touches of inpainting near the edge. Glowing dabs of varnish or repaint in varnish have been left along the bottom and top edges. There appears to be a slight build up of grey air pollution on the surface; it is also possible that the varnish surface has degraded for some reason. The portions of the painting covered by the frame do not have the hazy build up of pollution deposits. 

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • Remove/reduce the visible accumulated grime on the paint surface.
  • Adjust inpainting along the split, to better match the surrounding original paint, with conservation quality materials.
  • Possibly add a conservation quality, saturating, finish varnish overall.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $1,250.00