Temptation of Saint Anthony - 1
The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1945/1946
Oil on Canvas
Conserved in 2011-2012 with Support from the Stockman Family Foundation
Condition Prior to Treatment (2009): The paint layer was relatively well preserved. There were a number of small scratches and chips, especially in the lower half of the painting. Paint along some of the chips may be insecure.
Conservation Treatment (2012): Insecure paint was consolidated with PVA AYAA (polyvinyl acetate, Union Carbide. Surface grime was reduced with appropriate cleaning agents. A very light layer of Acryloid B-72 was applied overall slightly seal the paint surface and slightly saturate the paint colors, without adding significant gloss to the paint surface. Paint losses were filled with clear microcrystalline wax. Paint losses and abrasions were inpainted with pigment in PVA AYAA/AYAC. The conservation treatment was completed by independent paintings conservator Steven B. Erisoty.
RECOMMENDATIONS: The grey painted wooden stripping used to frame the edges was very likely put in place by the artist and should be retained. The painting has been hung by its original, keyable stretche; this is not acceptable. Hanging from a keyable stretcher puts stress on the canvas which can lead to the formation of surface distortions. A frame MUST be added to the painting. The stripping could be framed over, or, preferably, framed around, and left visible. There are abrasions, and what appears to be metallic gold colored paint deposits, at the edges; these indicate that the painting did have a frame that covered the edges at some point in time.