It measures 41 1/4 x 32 5/8 actual and is mounted on its original 18th century European stretcher (medial bar replaced). The work has been in obscurity in a Midwestern collection for many years and has received no RECENT conservation. You will note numerous surface irregularities, areas of in-paint and some very small, spot losses in the background (a tiny one on his scalp).
The paint layer is stable under a layer of shiny, grimy varnish that fluoresces oddly, so blacklight examination is not terribly helpful. A signature may be discerned lower left (pictured) but is likely later...
Undoubtedly by the hand of a talented master, this work displays richly as is with all of its imperfections; it would be stunning restored properly. It has a 19th century relining with coarsely woven early linen support visible on the edges and there seems to be a signature and date upper right obscured by varnish and grime. The item "Antique 18th Century Old Master Painting St. Francis Italian Hermit Skull Santo" is in sale since Monday, May 24, 2021. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings".
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