Description: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 38 5/8 by 31 1/8 in.
Medium: oil on canvas
Condition Report: Lined. The old varnish appears to have yellowed slightly, and isolated spots of old inpainting have discolored and are visible in the lower left quadrant. This inpainting addresses widely patterned craquelure and frame abrasion, which is faintly visible throughout. Three pinpoint losses are visible on the steps. Under UV: scattered dots and dashes of retouching are visible in the foreground and background frescoes, as well as to address aforementioned craquelure.
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Literature: Nathalie Bondil, ed.,
Benjamin-Constant, Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism, exh. cat., Musée des Augustins, Toulouse; The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2014, pp. 60, 372, no. 47, illustrated p. 57
Provenance: Sale: Sotheby's, New York, June 4, 1975, lot 197, illustrated (as
The Empress Theodora Receiving an Ambassador)
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Schweitzer Galleries, New York
Private collection, Japan
Acquired from the above by the present owner