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Painting from the Chateau de Chenailles: Armida Attempts to Slay the Sleeping Rinaldo
ArtistAttributed to Jean Mosnier (French, 1600–1656)
Dimensions138.5 x 62 in.
MediumCarved, painted and gilded woodwork with eighteen oil paintings on panel and five paintings on canvas
Credit Line1964.34; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin S. Kobacker
This painting is the largest of a cycle of 23 panels and canvases originally installed in a room of the 16th-century French castle, the Chateau de Chenailles. The room’s architectural panels and paintings were acquired by the Museum in 1964. The room has been deinstalled and is undergoing research and conservation. This painting has numerous areas of lost paint, past overpainting that is discolored, tears and holes in the canvas, and yellowed varnish that needs to be removed. Areas of old restoration that have darkened need to be inpainted to match the original surrounding paint. Tissue was applied with water-soluble adhesive to secure flaking paint and will be removed so the flaking paint can be consolidated. In addition, the gilded frame needs to be cleaned and likely regilded.