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March 28, 2008

Sample of the research that unlocks 500 years of secrets

Researchers have undertaken an extensive study of a 15th-century Spanish cathedral altarpiece, and in the process, have unlocked 500 years of secrets involving art, literature, history and religion. Following are comparisons of some of the paintings and their underdrawings. (See the main story for more information.)

Painting Underdrawing

Fernando Gallego
Christ and the Samaritan Woman
1480-88
Oil and tempera on panel; 60 7/8 x 43 ½ inches
Lent by the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Photography by Robert Laprelle
© Kimbell Conservation Department

Infrared mosaic of Christ and the Samaritan Woman, revealing the preparatory underdrawing and changes to the composition

© Kimbell Conservation Department

   

Fernando Gallego
St. Bartholomew and St. John the Evangelist

1480-88
Oil and tempera on panel; 33 1/16 x 43 ½ inches
Lent by the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Photography by Robert Laprelle
© Kimbell Conservation Department

Infrared mosaic of St. Bartholomew and St. John the Evangelist, revealing the preparatory underdrawing and changes to the composition

© Kimbell Conservation Department

   

Maestro Bartolomé
The Resurrection

1480-88
Oil and tempera on panel; 60 5/8 x 43 ¼ inches
Lent by the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Photography by Robert Laprelle
© Kimbell Conservation Department

Infrared mosaic of The Resurrection, revealing the preparatory underdrawing and changes to the composition

© Kimbell Conservation Department

   

Maestro Bartolomé
Creation of Eve
After 1493
Oil and tempera on panel
Lent by the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Photo by Robert Laprelle
© Kimbell Conservation Department

Infrared mosaic of Creation of Eve, revealing the preparatory underdrawing and changes to the composition

© Kimbell Conservation Department

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