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Cincinnati Art Museum Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Don Francesco gets younger Here’s another detail from Agnolo Bronzino’s “Portrait of Eleonora of Toledo and Her Son, Don Francesco,” painted in Italy around 1550. The yellowed varnish and overpaint is being removed at the upper left. Note how the dark line of overpaint (partly removed below his left ear) served to narrow and shade his face. Without it Don Francesco’s face is rounder, plumper and younger-looking. The small losses shown in the cleaned portion of the face are in keeping with the age of the oil-paint-on-wood-panel painting. The dense area of small losses in the upper left background was caused by movement around a knot in the wood panel . 12 hour ago via Facebook

about the art

Tall-case Clock

Artist/Maker:Samuel Best (American, b.1776, d.1859), clockmaker

Date:1810-1815

Place:Cincinnati/Ohio/United States

Classification:Instrument and Mechanical Device

Measurements:104 5/8 x 19 3/4 x 11 1/8 in. (265.7 x 50.2 x 28.3 cm)

Medium:mahogany, cherry, inlays of burled maple and flame grained mahogany, poplar, white pine, glass and brass

Credit Line:Museum Purchase

Department:Decorative Arts

Accession No:1966.1175