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2.6.2 Evidence of poor storage

The X-radiograph of Diana and Her Nymphs (L01) shows the painting is in fair condition. Several vertical black lines, running through the figure of Diana, left of center (Figure 2.26) correspond to areas where paint and ground are missing. Since X-rays are not absorbed in these areas the damages show up black in the X-ray image. Together with the large losses around the perimeter of the painting, this suggests the canvas was rolled up and poorly stored in the past.

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Figure 2.26: X-ray of Diana and Her Nymphs (L01). The numerous areas of paint loss around the edges and along the vertical cracks left of center suggest the painting was rolled up in the past.


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