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Significant paint loss was revealed throughout the two women's faces along the right edge of the picture after removal of the thickly applied varnish and overpaint.
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Date: 2014-04-07
Continued applying fills throughout the central portion of the painting.
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Date: 2014-04-07
The canvas was keyed out to reduce planar deformations. Loose wooden keys were also secured with nails and missing keys were replaced
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Date: 2014-04-21
Completed removal of varnish and overpaint throughout the top section of the painting. The team continued to apply fills to areas of loss in the bottom section of the painting and to tone existing fills
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Date: 2014-05-01
Completed removal of the degraded varnish and overpaint from the top half of the painting. At this stage of the treatment the entire surface has been consolidated and cleaned.
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Date: 2014-05-07
In May 2014, the project Conserving a Giant: Resurrecting Pietro da Cortona's "Triumph of David" was awarded a substantial grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. These funds helped to support acquisition of the X-radiograph of the gigantic canvas and to support research travel associated with the project (specifically to Rome, Italy). The Kress foundation praised the interdisciplinary nature of the project, which had thus far involved a number of department and offices at Villanova and surrounding institutions, engaging scholars and students of art conservation, chemistry, history, and art history. The grant also supported the collaboration between members of the conservation team, Villanova University's Falvey Library, and UNIT (the IT Department) to create a "webexhibit" exploring the Triumph of David. Finally, remaining funds from the grant would support a symposium at the completion of the project, an event that will involve a number of scholars and students from various fields who have contributed to the Conserving a Giant project (proposed date October 26th, 2015 (Pictured here: Dr. Anthony Lagalante, Kristin deGhetaldi, and Dr. Timothy McCall<br/><a href="https://thetriumphofdavid.com/news/generous-support-from-the-samuel-h-kress-foundation-allows-conservation-team-to-x-ray-triumph-of-david/" target="_blank">Click here to read more in our blog</a><br/><a href="http://www.kressfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Click here to read more about the Foundation</a>
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Date: 2014-05-13
The team continued to apply inert, stable fills throughout the bottom section of the painting and to tone old and new fills with red-brown gouache paints
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Date: 2014-05-19