The imitative retouching of easel paintings

Authored by: Shawn Digney-Peer , Karen Thomas , Roy Perry , Joyce Townsend , Stephen Gritt

Conservation of Easel Paintings

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

Print ISBN: 9780367023799
eBook ISBN: 9780429399916
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The preservation of paintings commonly involves the reintegration of damaged paint films to a state that is consistent with the remaining original. Such restoration is often referred to as ‘inpainting’, ‘loss integration’, ‘loss compensation’, or ‘retouching’. The following section provides an introduction and general outline for the imitative retouching of easel paintings as practised in the early twenty-first century. The emphasis will be on the treatment of traditional oil and tempera paintings with some attention given to the particular challenges presented by modern and contemporary paintings. The retouching of reverse glass paintings is discussed, along with their consolidation, in Section 23.9 of Chapter 23.

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