Judgment, detail

Compositional alterations

The IR investigation also revealed several of Sargent’s artistic changes. On Judgment, for example, conservators discovered an inscription band along the upper edge of the canvas which they identified as a quote from Revelations. Sargent masked this inscription with paint in the final stages of the painting process.
1. The word DEATH, in Gothic calligraphy, is revealed in IR on the inscription band obscured by paint layers (2003 infrared image)
2. Judgment, detail; the box indicates the area examined in IR (2003 photo)
The Triumph of Religion