The Harem Taking a Walk Infrared image of the guard's head

Wilhelm Gentz

Crocker Art Museum

Crocker Art Museum
Sacramento, United States

Painting without the frame. When this conservation project began, the painting reflected little intervention by restorers except for the fact that the canvas had been relined (backed with another canvas for support). The action of time and climate—the Crocker was not air-conditioned until 1978—affected both the surface and the structure of the painting and its frame. The painting had dusty, yellowed varnish and many losses in the frame's gilding and ornament. Remarkably, though the surface had cracked significantly as is usual for canvases of this age, very few losses of paint had occurred.

The infrared camera images seen here reveal the drawing below the painted surface of the guard’s head—the crisp outlines are preserved in the finished painting with few alterations.


  • Title: The Harem Taking a Walk Infrared image of the guard's head
  • Creator: Wilhelm Gentz
  • Medium: Photograph, Infrared Image

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