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Technique and condition
The paint appears to consist of an egg tempera medium mixed with dry pigments by the artist. Large clumps of pigment particles give the paint a gritty appearance. The paint has been applied thinly by the artist in repeated small brush strokes with some use of thin washes. A thin, transparent brownish layer on top of the ground is visible through the thinnest areas of paint and at the edges of the forms. This plays an important optical role across the whole painting and may be an imprimatura or a method of sketching out the forms. The painting has not been varnished.
The painting is in good condition the only problem is some very small scale cracking of the paint, typical of egg tempera. In some areas these cracks are raised and tiny losses of paint have occurred. Most of these have been retouched in the past.
The painting has a reverse moulding softwood frame with a dark stain and varnish. It is glazed.