A Young Girl

This X-ray image shows the panel joinery, repairs, and thickness of paint layers. The lattice-like cradle on the back of the panel and the restoration along the joints between the oak boards are seen with clarity. Also revealed is damage near the top left corner of the painting and the extensive use of lead white on the girl’s figure and in the background. The ghost of an oval around the sitter shows more strongly in the X-ray than when observed with the naked eye and marks a significant change to the composition.