Attributed to Frans Francken III (Flemish, 1607-1667)
Raising the Cross
Signed or inscribed and dated "FrancK.f 1661" l.c.
Oil on panel, 17 1/4 x 25 3/8 in. (43.9 x 64.4 cm), unframed.
Condition: Panel separated into two major sections plus one small shard from l.r. edge, multiple losses and flaking, craquelure, surface grime.
N.B. A loan label from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, dated 1886 and affixed to the reverse of the panel, lists the artist as "John Baptist Franck/Born 1660." This may refer to Jan-Baptist Francken (Flemish, 1599-1653). However, given the date of 1661 (or perhaps 1664) in the inscription on the work at hand, this would appear to be a misattribution.
The losses are extensive; some include the ground layer as well as the pigment layer. Both halves of the panel are slightly bowed. There is a long (8 inches) narrow (less than 1 inch) loss to the panel at the lower right corner.
The last digit in the year in the inscription is difficult to discern, and it may read 1664, rather than 1661.
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