An old yellowed varnish covers this painting. A good amount of dirt and grime is embedded in the surface and makes this young lady look a little dull. Old repairs show up very white and unfortunately in a very prominent spot: her décolleté. This should be corrected and blend in better with her skin tone. In the upper right of the picture one sees little dots or spots in the background that were certainly not intended by the artist. We cannot be quite clear what has happened (or is happening) here unless a conservator starts removing the varnish, but this needs to be addressed. Conservation will remove the dirt and grime, remove varnish, and correct old repairs. She will look so much better because of it!
- Artist: Cornelius Jonson van Ceulen, I, England, of Flemish descent, 1593-1661
- Medium: oil on panel