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Applying the moisture treatment | Restoring Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait’

Applying the moisture treatment | Restoring Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait’

Here we have Artemisia again. You can see it here, now we’ve done the treatment that you saw before. So, all the glue paste that was on the surface, the brittle glue, has been scraped off to reveal the original… Continue Reading

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Finishing the relining | Restoring Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait’

Finishing the relining | Restoring Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait’

So now you see the ‘Artemisia’ partway through its lining treatment. Once the moisture treatment had been done, this was the next phase. You can see the painting’s now attached to its new canvas support. We’ve allowed it to dry… Continue Reading

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Repairing a 17th century canvas | Restoring Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait’

Repairing a 17th century canvas | Restoring Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait’

I’m Lynne Harrison, I’m one of the painting conservators here at the National Gallery. I’m going to show you what we’ve been doing with Artemisia since she’s come down to the Lower Conservation Studio to do the structural work. So,… Continue Reading

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Retouching a 17th century painting | Restoring Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait’

Retouching a 17th century painting | Restoring Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait’

Well, you’re seeing the painting now after I’ve started doing the retouching and that is the visual elimination of the losses and damages through new paint applied by me to cover those up and I think it’s important to say… Continue Reading