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How is Blacklight Used in Examining a Painting?

There are numerous methods in the examination of a work of art to be considered. The black light is a useful tool that is only as good as the person who makes use of it, with knowledge and discernment.

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What are Pentimenti?

Pentimenti are ‘ghost-like’ images visible in areas of an oil painting that had been painted over by the artist, when he or she decided to move elements of the composition, and which gradually reappear.

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What Are Stretcher Creases?

Stretcher creases are distortions to the canvas and paint layer as a result of pressure from stretcher bars pressing against the canvas. These distortions, which may also include cracks, correspond to the inside edges of the auxiliary wood support (stretcher).

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What are the Latest Materials and Techniques Used in Lining Paintings?

Lining is a procedure whereby another canvas is adhered to the verso of the original to consolidate tears, stabilize lifting paint, correct surface distortions or provide structural support to an oxidized or damaged canvas.

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What is Foxing?

The term originated in 1848 and refers to scattered spots that are often reddish-brown (the color of a fox) on the surface of paper. According to Vlad Papov, Lowy’s paper conservator, there are two major causes of foxing.

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What is Inpainting?

One of the final stages of conservation treatment after an artwork has been structurally stabilized is inpainting

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What is Overpainting?

A painting usually is brought to Lowy for conservation because it is discolored, damaged or structurally unstable. Sometimes, though, a painting comes to Lowy because it has been poorly restored.

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When Does A Painting Need to Be Lined?

But what exactly does it mean to “line” a painting? Lining techniques used today involve minimally invasive methodology and materials.

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When Should a Painting Be Cleaned?

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When Should a Painting Be Varnished?

Varnishes have been used — or not used — by artists for centuries to create visual effect and provide surface protection. As conservators, we are frequently asked whether a painting should be varnished when it is cleaned or restored.

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Why Isn’t Oil Paint Used to Inpaint Losses on an Oil Painting?

Although oil paint remains the medium of choice for many artists, who value its great versatility, conservators prefer to use the more recently developed synthetic resins when restoring oil paintings.

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