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11 Aug 2017

Paintings undergoing conservation

conservation work on a painting at Hill or Tarvit
This photo essay illustrates behind-the-scenes conservation work, showing varnish being removed and paint losses being filled.

A large portion of the conservation work involves removing layers of varnish. Applied over time to protect the paint surface, varnish discolours and darkens; this alters the appearance of a painting. In this case the varnish had yellowed, disguising the original colours and tones so the painting had lost its luminosity and depth.

Painting before conservation
Painting before conservation
Sculpture head before and after remedial work
Sculpture head before and after remedial work

Hounds and an Owl with Dead Birds and Sculptures in a Landscape is one of three paintings that will be rehung at Hill of Tarvit in November this year. A time-lapse video showing the paintings being taken down can be seen at the property all season.

Working in the studio
Working in the studio
Painting after conservation
Painting after conservation

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