Consolidation of flaking paint and ground

Authored by: Michael von der Goltz , Ina Birkenbeul , Isabel Horovitz , Morwenna Blewett , Irina Dolgikh

Conservation of Easel Paintings

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367023799
eBook ISBN: 9780429399916
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Earlier chapters have explained the wide range of materials from which paintings are made and the complexities of their layered structures. Each material has its own chemical composition and physical property, and thus its own degradation pathway. With time, individual layers may begin to distort and disassociate; ground, paint, and varnish layers may crack, turn to powder, blister, tent, and flake. All of these problems can be addressed by consolidation treatments. Consolidation seeks to return cohesion to materials that have lost their ability to stay together.

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