A New Gerard Seghers for the NCMA - Circa - NCMA - North Carolina Museum of Art
Dennis P. Weller

Dennis P. Weller is curator of Northern European art at the NCMA.

Comments (6)

  1. Doug Bondor - Reply

    January 25, 2017

    What is involved in the reframing of a painting like this? Do you try to restore and use the original frame or do you always craft a brand new one? What usually happens to the original frames on paintings of this age? Are they sold with the work or as a separate piece at the auction?
  2. Dennis Weller - Reply

    January 26, 2017

    The Seghers was purchased unframed, prompting the need for an age- and style-appropriate frame. Since 17th-century frames are as rare as they are expensive, we will have a frame made in the style of an early 17th-century Flemish example. Identifiable 17th-century frames, frames seen on paintings within paintings, and period inventories are consulted. We now have a good idea of the type of frame required--black ebony with some decorative ripple cuts.
  3. Laurie - Reply

    January 26, 2017

    Curator Dennis Weller says, "The Seghers was purchased unframed, prompting the need for an age- and style-appropriate frame. Since 17th-century frames are as rare as they are expensive, we will have a frame made in the style of an early 17th-century Flemish example. Identifiable 17th-century frames, frames seen on paintings within paintings, and period inventories are consulted. We now have a good idea of the type of frame required--black ebony with some decorative ripple cuts."
  4. Robert Johnson - Reply

    January 26, 2017

    Surely you are not leaving NCMA in two years! Your book on the Dutch/Flemish collections is the best publication of the museum!
  5. Betsy - Reply

    January 26, 2017

    How wonderful. Congratulations to you, the Museum, and the people of North Carolina on this splendid addition to the Northern European collection.
  6. Noelle Ocon - Reply

    February 01, 2017

    Hello NCMA visitors! I am the conservator working on the painting. Just so you won't be too shocked, her dress is not blue. The original dress is red! Someone repainted it about 50 years ago.
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