HOLBEIN, Hans the Younger
(b. 1497, Augsburg, d. 1543, London)

The Solothurn Madonna (detail)

Museum der Stadt Solothurn, Solothurn

The original painting by Holbein was revealed only after restoration by Thomas Brachert in 1971; it had been completely overpainted in the Pre-Raphaelite style by the 19th century restorer Andreas Eigner. Eigner's aim was twofold: not only to "beautify" the picture, but also to cover up the many wormholes that had appeared. Restoration showed up the extensive craquelure that had been covered over and which regrettably spoils the fine modeling of the flesh tones in particular.

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