Charmingly-naive oil on canvas of Jesus and John the Baptist, unsigned, most definitely Spanish school, probably colonial. Painting measures 24"X30" overall (17"X23" unframed).
The painting was discovered in Philadelphia about forty years ago where it had lain forgotten in an attic. It had lost its original frame and the surface was black with dirt and old varnish. The canvas was buckling due to two previous re-linings that had failed as had the stretcher. Fortunately there was very little paint loss. A prominent conservator who did work for the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts and The Union League Club was hired to restore it. First the restorer removed the old re-linings, then applied a new canvas with hot wax impregnation. The new canvas was attached to a new stretcher and the painting carefully cleaned. Areas of paint loss were filled and then skillfully in-painted. Lastly, it was re-varnished. A replacement frame was then custom-crafted from several sections of 19th century moldings that were felt to be true to the style of the original and lightly gilded in 23K gold leaf.
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