Breakfast Still Life, 1653
Pieter Claesz (Dutch, 1597/98–1660)
Oil on panel
Gift of Mrs. Berry V. Stoll 1975.31


This feast for the senses is currently dulled by layers of disfiguring grime and old, discolored varnish, resulting in a near-complete lack of color saturation. There is a uniform effect of “grayness” across the entire painting, due to the aged varnish. In addition, there are small areas of paint loss, where the paint has flaked off the surface. These losses will be carefully filled and matched in a reversible process. The painting will then be secured properly in its frame. Major improvement in the appearance of this picture is anticipated with its restoration.