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The Restoration of Rosa Bonheur’s ‘The Horse Fair’ | National Gallery

The Restoration of Rosa Bonheur’s ‘The Horse Fair’ | National Gallery

Hello, my name is Hayley Tomlinson and I’m the conservator responsible for treating Rosa Bonheur’s painting, The Horse Fair, in the Conservation Department at the National Gallery. The painting is actually in a very good condition and the treatment is… Continue Reading

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Starting the restoration of Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait’ | National Gallery

Starting the restoration of Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait’ | National Gallery

My name is Larry Keith. I’m the Head of Conservation and Keeper of the National Gallery and I’ll be leading our department’s restoration efforts of our newest acquisition, Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria’, which you see… Continue Reading

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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