Before and After
Moses by Unknown
Oil on Canvas, 52 3/4" x 54 3/4"
The painting came to Lowy lined with glue onto linen, with multiple gouges, creases, and surface distortions. There was a thick layer of old, hard, discolored natural resin varnish and hard oil overpaint covering tears and losses, with heavy layers of surface and embedded dirt. To treat, we first faced the painting to protect the media layers, stripped the old glue lining, treated with humidity and re-lined with Beva onto a new linen canvas. We then cleaned off the dirt layers, discolored natural resin varnish and oil restoration, and inpainted using reversible materials.
Camden Harbor, ME by Frank Henry Shapleigh
Oil on Canvas, 10 1/8" x 18 1/8"
This painting came in quite unstable and actively flaking with associated losses and glued patches on the verso. There was an old yellowed natural resin varnish and overpaint covering losses, with surface and embedded dirt on either side of a newer, synthetic resin varnish. It was flaking so badly that we decided to stabilize it by infusing the painting with Beva from the front. We then removed the patches and lined the painting with Beva onto an auxiliary canvas, cleaned and inpainted.
A Devotional Depiction of the Infant Jesus by Unknown
Oil on Canvas, 28" x 39"
The painting came oxidized with a delaminated glue lining, surface distortions and actively flaking and powdering with associated losses and scratches. There was a highly discolored layer of natural resin varnish with layers of surface and embedded dirt and inpainting covering a large tear and scattered losses. Upon cleaning the painting, an additional layer of oil restoration which was undetectable under UV light was discovered, revealing the two angels at the upper left which had been painted over long ago, re-affirming our thoughts that this was a picture of the Baby Jesus. The painting was stripped and re-lined and inpainted.