The Restored Model of this Well-known Vermeer Portray Is Vastly Completely different

The unrestored model of ‘Lady Studying a Letter at an Open Window (round 1657-59) by Johannes Vermeer. air junk / YouTube

On Tuesday, the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, Germany revealed a very restored iteration of Johannes Vermeer’s masterful portray Lady Studying a Letter at an Open Window, which beforehand appeared to the general public with a backdrop of an unadorned wall framing the portray’s topic, a younger girl. The brand new model, based on stories, reveals {that a} model of the portray made a whole lot of years in the past included a spectacular paiting-within-a-painting of cupid on the again wall. The restoration additionally revealed that Lady Studying a Letter had been painted over within the nineteenth century.

The researchers got here to this conclusion by discovering that, between the nineteenth century varnish that had been utilized to the portray and the underlying, separate layer of paint, a skinny coating of mud existed that recommended a big period of time had handed between the picture of Cupid being rendered and one other coat of varnish being painted over it. Due to this fact, the researchers decided {that a} earlier assumption, which was that Vermeer himself had painted over the Cupid picture as a method of self-editing, couldn’t presumably be true.

This discovery had initially been made in 2019, but it surely took till now for the nineteenth century layer of varnish to be eliminated. “That is probably the most sensational expertise of my profession,” Gemäldegalerie senior conservator Uta Neidhardt mentioned on the time. “It makes it a distinct portray.” This isn’t the primary time in latest reminiscence that well-known work are discovered to have been considerably altered over time. Final summer season, an in depth restoration discovered that the face of the central Lamb of God rendered within the iconic Ghent Altarpiece had been softened considerably in previous over-paintings. The Lamb’s face is definitely so unusually humanoid and explicit, it immediately went viral on-line and was mocked extensively,