|Original state of Artwork|
When we received this century-old work, there was a puncture present through the subject's elbow, as well as extensive craquelure (fine cracks present in varnish or paint) throughout the entire work.
|Close up of puncture|
Stabilization was achieved by removing the painting from the original supports and lining the canvas with a new backing and a reversible conservation adhesive. This allows for the possible deterioration of the painted surface to be stopped, as it is no longer just on a brittle canvas which has had so much wear and tear due to its age and environmental changes. This allowed us to safely fill and inpaint the traumatized area. It was important to us to restore the original supports, as they are as historic as the painting itself. The newly stabilized painting was then varnished and stretched back onto the supports and put back in its original frame.
It was great to see this painting, which has such historical significance to our city, restored and stabilized to be enjoyed by it's owner for years to come.
|The finished portrait|