The Harem Taking a Walk X-Ray detail of painting

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 detail images show the loss of loose flakes of paint as the artist scraped away the first background with a palette knife before painting the one visible now.


  • Title: The Harem Taking a Walk X-Ray detail of painting
  • Creator: Wilhelm Gentz
  • Medium: Photograph, X-Ray

Additional Items

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more

Flash this QR Code to get the app
Google apps