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A few areas of the painting were suffering from active flaking. This detail shows a small paint flake beginning to lift away from the canvas in addition to areas of paint loss and overpaint. It is suspected that the flaking areas likely correspond to past water/moisture-related damage before the painting arrived at Villanova University.
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Date: 2013-09-11
A significant amount of overpaint was found along the left and right edges of the painting as these areas exhibited considerable areas of paint loss. This detail, taken from the red cloak of the soldier along the left edge, demonstrates the dramatic difference between the darkened overpaint and varnish with the brilliant original vermillion paint beneath.
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Date: 2013-09-11
A significant amount of overpaint was found along the left and right edges of the painting as these areas exhibited considerable areas of paint loss. This detail, taken from the red cloak of the soldier along the left edge, demonstrates the dramatic difference between the darkened overpaint and varnish with the brilliant original vermillion paint beneath.
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Date: 2013-09-11
A handful of new losses were located along the left and right edges of the painting, particularly where active flaking was noted in the paint/ground layers.
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Date: 2013-09-11
The conservation team performed a number of cleaning and consolidation tests on the painting in order to evaluate the safest and most effective method of treatment
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Date: 2013-09-21
Performed cleaning tests with Professor Richard Wolbers from the University of Delaware to determine most appropriate method to safely remove discolored/darkened surface coatings and overpaint. The bottom image shows a detail of a solvent gel being applied to areas of tenacious, darkened overpaint that had been applied over an old tear during a previous restoration. (Picture here: Richard Wolbers and Emily Wroczynski).
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Date: 2013-09-21
Began preliminary non-destructive analysis of pigments using X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) with the assistance of faculty and students from Villanova's Chemistry Department. Please refer to X-Ray Fluorescence section for additional detail. (Pictured here: Kristen Watts and Dr. Amanda Norbutus)
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Date: 2013-09-21
Areas of flaking paint required remedial consolidation using a conservation adhesive (BEVA 371) before surface grime and superficial layers of varnish could be safely removed (Pictured here: Emily Wroczynski and Maggie Bearden).
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Date: 2013-09-21
Completed examination process. Continued with paint consolidation and removal of overpaint and degraded varnish. Local humidification was performed on areas of planar deformation
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Date: 2013-10-01
Examination using raking or specular light occurs when an artwork is illuminated with a light source positioned at an oblique angle to the object's surface. This can yield information relating to planar deformations, irregularities in the paint and varnish, and other surface conditions.
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Date: 2013-10-07
View of painting in normal lighting conditions
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Date: 2013-10-07
Examination using raking or specular light occurs when an artwork is illuminated with a light source positioned at an oblique angle to the object's surface. This can yield information relating to planar deformations, irregularities in the paint and varnish, and other surface conditions.
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Date: 2013-10-09
A significant amount of overpaint was found throughout the bottom right corner. The team began successfully removing the discolored overpaint, revealing the brilliant ultramarine blue and vibrant flesh tones beneath.
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Date: 2013-10-11