FINELY DETAILED ITALIAN PAINTING OF MOTHER AND CHILD
Oil on canvas lined on panel, Unsigned, ca. late 19th century
Item # 510UWG22A
A finely detailed Romanesque scene featuring a mother with her child at an open window, the work is a positively exceptional example of Romantic realism with technically perfect shadows and use of sunlight to create emotion in the painting. The infant looks directly at the viewer with a happy affect, sitting on the window sill and bouncing his arms. His mother looks over what is presumably a long distance to the street below, holding her child gently while seeing the activity of the morning. She is detailed in a most magnificent way, her hair halfway hidden beneath the angular covering on her head, the silk shawl with a beautiful border only hinted at, the opacity of the material showing hints of her red shirt below.
The piece has been carefully preserved on a wooden panel, allowing it to remain fully stable and in quite exceptional presentation-ready condition. It retains what we believe to be the original frame.
For serious collectors of Romantic fine art, this is a most magnetic Genre scene that will certainly make a dramatic difference in whatever room it becomes a part of. Rich in detail and vibrant in color, the piece captures a curious story that draws the viewer in the longer you look upon it.
Measurements: [frame] 34 1/8” W x 39 1/4” H; [panel] 19 3/4” W x 24 1/2” H
Frame is period correct with extensive gilding loss/joint separations; slight gap between inner border and the painting. Canvas relined on panel, label verso inscribed by the conservator and dated August 1935. Surface cleaned in the last decade. Under UV a milky-green cast from fresh varnish somewhat obscures examination; touch ups under uv to: edges where frame touches, void in doorway behind female, both lower corners, other small spot touch ups in the lower half. Light horizontal abrasion mid-lower quadrant (at tip of draped shawl), abrasions to left side at hanging grape leaves, light craquelure across surface.