Condition before treatment
The painting before treatment
Before conservation the painting was covered with thick layers of deeply discoloured varnish and only under a strong light was the colour of the green curtain in the top right visible. The surface tended to a matt brown tonality and the sitter’s arms and dress were disfigured by dark spotting. Old and recent flake losses were evident along the stretcher bar marks and a marked network of craquelure was present.
Initial tests on the varnish showed that two layers were present: a yellowed varnish probably dating from the 1950s and a much older, natural resin varnish which was more deeply discoloured.
The painting before treatment under raking light.
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