Lucas Cranach The Elder

The Child Jesus and St John the Baptist
Lucas Cranach The Elder
(German, 1472-1553)
Oil (untested) on panel

COMPLETE PAINTING | Before treatment (left) | After restoration (right)
COMPLETE PAINTING | Before treatment (left) | After restoration (right)

COMPLETE PAINTING | Before treatment (left) | After restoration (right)

Complete painting before treatment and after restoration

The disfiguring dark patches particularly noticeable in the top of the Christ Child’s proper left arm once removed in the cleaning process revealed a diaphanous garment that had at some point in the painting’s history been painted over.

This overpainting had darkened with time and was now very disfiguring. Once removed the original garment, buried beneath the old restoration, was in perfect condition.