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Damage to the edge of the painting

Detail of severe damage to the original paint surface at the edge below some kneeling figures, repainted in a slightly different colour

In this image some of the overpaint has already been removed to reveal a white filler beneath

In comparison to the small overpainted cracks, other repairs from previous restorations were more extensive, particularly around the edges where large areas of original paint had been lost or damaged when the painting was transferred from its original poplar panel to canvas, probably in the early 19th century. As can be seen above where the dark overpaint is present along much of the lower edge.