The Passion of Collecting Academic Nudes

Join me as we explore my collection of Academic Nudes from the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries and serendipitous finds in the Museum, Art Auction, and Gallery world......examples from the Golden Age of the European Academie

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Update On The Gardier Restoration Project

I would like to take a few moments for an update from the restoration expert on the restoration of the du Gardier Male Nude painting. I know the photo she sent is not the best but she indicated she will update me with better photographs at a later date. The canvas has been removed from the original stretcher and the special woven Belgian Linen will be used to repair the holes and strengthen the weaknesses in the original canvas. She has already removed the grease crayon marking on the surface of the lower left portion of the painting and will begin the cleaning process after the holes have been rewoven. As soon as I receive better photographs of the work in progress I will post them. Technical restoration of artworks such as this beautiful painting is an exacting science and requires a wide knowledge of materials and artistic techniques, both antique and contemporary. As you can see from the photograph the grease pencil notations on the surface have been removed.