Photograph of the cartoon Death of Ananias in transmitted light

Photograph of the cartoon Death of Ananias in transmitted light

The image is somewhat complicated by the presence of the stretcher bars and the cross bars of the metal easel. However a quite regular pattern of overlapping sheets of paper can be seen indicating that the original construction consisted of one layer of paper. Paper patches - repairs from the 17th century - can also be seen as well as vertical lines of lights which correspond to where the cartoons were cut up into strips. The bright dots of light correspond, in part, to pin holes which date from the 19th century practice of pining tracing paper to the cartoons for copying purposes.