pen37 (pen37) wrote in little_details,
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Were 17th century oil paintings ever taken off their stretcher?

I'm writing a story about an oil painting forgery ring contemporary to Caravaggio and Rembrant.  For the purpose of my story, the hero has found a bundle of rolled up forgeries in an old shack in rural France.

My question for the historical purists:  would an oil painting (or a lot of forgeries), once completed, been taken off it's stretcher for ease of transport during this time period?  Or would it have been transported on the stretcher? 
Tags: 1600-1699, ~arts: visual arts
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