A winter carnival with figures on the ice before the Kipdorppoort Bastion in Antwerp

 

 

  • Services provided

    Restoration of the painting, structural restoration of the panel
  • Painter

    Sebastiaen Vranckx & Denys van Alsloot
  • Title of painting

    A winter carnival with figures on the ice before the Kipdorppoort Bastion in Antwerp
  • Date

    1618-1620
  • Location of painting

    Belgium
  • Type of owner

    Phoebus Foundation
  • Project status

    Completed
  • Restoration

    The panel (69,8 x 109,5 cm) was cracked, which could have been caused by the rigid cradle added to the back of the panel at a later stage. All visually disturbing and structurally harmful old restorations were removed, the cracks in the panel were glued, filled and retouched. The oxidised varnish layer and discoloured overpaintings were removed. The painting re-gained its vibrant aspect. All interventions are reversible and are done with the aim to preserve the current condition of the painting for the future.
 

The composition has traditionally been associated with Denys van Alsloot (c. 1568-1625) to whom several of the versions, including this one and the one in the Prado, have formerly been attributed. However, compositional differences between the Prado version and the present work, the assured handling and sustained quality of this example would indicate its clear superiority.

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