Arcadian Landscape - 1
Jacob de Heusch
Arcadian Landscape, 18th Century
Oil on Canvas
Purchased with funds provided by Benjamin D. Bernstein and Art Angels
Conserved in 2011-2012 with Support from the Stockman Family Foundation
Condition Prior to Treatment (2009): There was a fine to medium scale, slightly cupped, age cracking overall. There was an area of severe cupping and detaching paint in the upper right corner, 3” high x 8” wide. Ultra violet light revealed old inpainting in this area, indicating a history of flaking. All other areas of the painting appeared to be secure. There was a 2” high x ½” wide area of inpainting that ran though the figures. There was a line of old filling and inpainting that ran through the circular temple. There were many small spots and lines of inpainting that were revealed by Ultra violet light.
Conservation Treatment (2012): The detaching paint in the upper right corner was consolidated with Beva Conservation adhesive and set in place with localized heat. Other small areas of detachment in the sky were also consolidated at this time. The upper layer of discolored varnish was removed with appropriate cleaning agents. The somewhat extensive (but normal for a painting of this age) repaints were removed with appropriate cleaning agents. An old, obscuring, fractured, layer of oil and/or varnish on the paint surface was reduced with appropriate cleaning agents. This greatly increased the crispness of the image and allowed for better saturation of the paint layer with a new varnish. An isolating layer Beva UVS Finishing Varnish (Regalrez) was applied overall for good saturation. Paint losses were filled with pigmented microcrystalline wax. Paint losses and abrasions were inpainted with pigments in PVA AYAA/AYAC (polyvinyl Acetate, Union Carbide). A final layer of Beva UVS Finishing Varnish was applied overall. The conservation treatment was completed by independent paintings conservator Steven B. Erisoty.