Technique and condition
Described as 'tempera' by the artist, the paints are commercially prepared glue or gum bound paints rather than egg tempera paints. The image is developed in many delicately superimposed layers of colour. Thinly scumbled in the broad translucent areas, where the horizontal brush strokes of the priming remain clearly visible, the paint is more densely applied and opaque in the development of the linear elements of the composition.
The unvarnished and water sensitive surface is protected by a gilded frame fitted with glass. The painting is in good condition, and required only minor treatment to small damages around the edges of the panel and improvements to its fitting in the frame, on acquisition.