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Portrait of a Peruvian Noblewoman – ca. 1640 Cuzco School

Painting before Restoration Painting after Restoration

Painting before Restoration

Painting after Restoration

This painting was in fragile condition as the canvas was very brittle with numerous small tears and holes. The painting was also covered by a thick hardened grime layer. It is not uncommon to find old paintings with frames attached to the surface of the painting and that is what we find here. The individual slats of the frame were nailed directly into the surface and they covered original design. In addition, leather patches were attached to the surface of the painting in all four corners. The major part of this treatment was to recover the original dimensions and design.

Treatment

  1. The slats of the frame were removed
  2. Flaking paint was consolidated with brush applications of adhesive
  3. The grime layer was removed from the painting surface
  4. The canvas was pre-flattened with controlled moisture and weights
  5. The painting was lined onto linen
  6. The painting was restretched onto a new custom made stretcher
  7. The missing areas of paint were filled
  8. A new varnish was applied to the painting
  9. The areas of loss were retouched
Painting during Restoration
Painting during restoration
This shows the painting after the slats were removed from the surface of the painting. There were also pieces of leather attached to the painting in the corners.
Painting during Restoration
Painting during restoration
The painting here has had the pieces of leather removed, has been cleaned, patched and losses filled and is ready for lining.