Aelbert Cuyp's 'Large Dort': Colour Change and Conservation
Marika Spring and Larry Keith
Technical Bulletin Volume 30, 2009
The recent cleaning and restoration of Aelbert Cuyp’s Large Dort presented the opportunity to explore the picture’s technique, with the aim of understanding the visual effect of changes within the original painting materials and those resulting from the picture’s restoration history. Deterioration of a yellow lake pigment has contributed to a blanched, chalky appearance which is particularly disturbing in certain areas of the green foreground landscape. The vivianite used for the milkmaid’s skirt has also degraded. Understanding the changes in the painting, particularly in the green landscape, played an important role in informing the retouching strategy.
blanching, Cuyp, painting, seventeenth century, vivianite, yellow lake
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Spring, M., Keith, L. 'Aelbert Cuyp's "Large Dort": Colour Change and Conservation'. National Gallery Technical Bulletin Vol 30, pp 71–85.
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