In my limited experience such an interrogation of a painting by website has never been attempted before and I am optimistic that three of the four questions will be answered. The What and the Who are really a single question since a scene that is described without identifying its many figures is highly unlikely. I further think that the painter's name or his studio will be revealed by underdrawing comparisons as data bases of underdrawings are slowly developing. That leaves question 4-the hardest. But someone or some people took great care to preserve the painting in order to hang it somewhere possibly as one of a series of similar paintings recording a significant event and thereby telling a story.
I admit that the likelihood of anyone being able to answer the four questions and earn the reward of a £5,000 is exceedingly small. Therefore I am willing on the basis already stated to make smaller sums available for convincing evidence to help answer the questions. All such evidence if permitted will be incorporated in the website.
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