Lely Study Conserved

September 5 2020

Image of Lely Study Conserved

Picture: MET

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York recently announced that they have conserved a head study by Sir Peter Lely (pictured). The study has been linked to the actress Nell Gwyn in the past, but this remains unproven.

The difference is very subtle but striking. With the yellowed varnish and overpainting removed, the beautiful hues of the skin tones are once again allowed to sing as Lely had intended. I recommend clicking on the link to head over to the MET's website to zoom in on the beautiful details and brushstrokes.

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