Florentine Lady in Mourning
Florentine Lady in Mourning, 16th Century
Oil on Panel
Purchased with funds provided by Dr. Paul Rahter
Conserved in 2011-2012 with Support from the Stockman Family Foundation
Condition Prior to Treatment (2009): There was a good amount of old worm damage visible on the reverse of the panel. There were no signs of active flaking. The lower right corner had a 1 ½” high x ½” wide triangle of old repair wood fitted to repair an old damage to the panel; the triangle was fractured and somewhat loose. The upper right, added corner was quite loose and not properly lined up with the main panel. The panel had been split in half and glued back together at some point in time. The vertical split was located at 6 ½” – 7” from the left edge. The break was not located along the panel joint.
Conservation Treatment (2012): Areas of insecure paint were consolidated with PVA AYAA ( polyvinyl acetate, Union Carbide) and set in place with localized heat and pressure.The loose panel section at the top, right corner had been poorly nailed into place with two finishing nails. The nails were removed which released the corner from the panel. Old glue deposits on the inside faces of the panel and corner were reduced with a scalpel. The corner was then carefully aligned and glued in place with PVA wood glue.(Titebond).Surface grime was reduced with appropriate cleaning agents.It was possible, with appropriate cleaning agents, to significantly reduce dust embedded in the surface varnish without removing the varnish.Some areas of fractured varnish along cupped cracks were reformed with the application of an appropriate solvent.The Surface was lightly sprayed with PVA AYAA/AYAC to re-saturate the surface.Paint losses were filled with DAP spackling compound.Paint losses were inpainted with pigments in PVA AYAA/AYAC. Some of the old inpainting was adjusted to blend better with the original paint.A light finish coat of PVA AYAA was applied overall. The conservation treatment was completed by independent paintings conservator Steven B. Erisoty.