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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:27 PM

18. It should be largely repairable

When my mom was a little girl she found an old painting in her attic and took markers and crayons to it (horns, a goatee, that kind of thing). She didn't know that the painting was the only surviving image of her great grandfather (my grandmothers grandpa), but at four years old, I doubt that knowledge would have changed things anyway. My grandmother thought the painting was ruined, and stuck it away in a corner of the attic.

In the mid-90's my grandmother was moving out of her old house when my sister found the painting and my mom explained the story behind it. As a suprise, we all chipped in and took the painting to an art restorer to see what he could do. In spite of the fact that the crayon and marker had been in place for almost 50 years at that point, she was able to not only remove all signs of it, but to restore the color and patina of the image to make it look almost new again.

Most oil paintings are covered by a clear varnish layer. The varnish layer is largely impermeable, and even the ink from a pen has a difficult time penetrating it. In our case, the restorer was able to remove a microscopically thin layer of the varnish without touching the paint underneath, which also removed all of the ink that was stuck to that varnish. After refinishing the rest of the varnish on the painting, the damage vanished. I would expect that the same technique could be used on this painting.

And yes, my grandmother bawled her eyes out when she saw the restored painting. It hung on the wall of her apartment until she passed away about ten years ago.

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