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The Green Lady, who is green no more, is one of many works that will go on display, some for the first time at the Davis, when the museum completes a renovation of its three-floor exhibit space. The Reynolds' painting is among the discoveries that Eve Straussman- Pflanzer, assistant director of curatorial affairs/senior curator of col- lections, and Claire Whitner, associate curator, made as they combed the museum's basement for overlooked treasures. The young woman in the portrait might have been a member of the landed gentry painted around the time of her marriage, Whitner said. "There is sort of a slightly provincial aspect to her attire in the painting because she's wearing a bonnet." The decision to restore the painting was a bit of a gamble. "There are stories of people bumping into other Reynolds' paintings and having the whole face fall off," Whitner said. In his younger days, the artist traveled to Italy to learn the tech- niques of the Old Masters. But a little knowledge could be a dangerous 96 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 Buried Treasures above: Portrait of a Lady by Sir Joshua Reynolds late 18th century Oil on canvas below: Two Boeier Yachts Close in to the Shore with a Flagship Coming in to Anchor by Willem van de Velde I ca. 1650 Pen painting on wood P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F D A V I S M U S E U M A T W E L L E S L E Y C O L L E G E

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