Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Standing Room Only

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conservation , behind the scenes , Saint Peter , David and Goliath

Sometimes the conservation studio becomes a sort of waiting room. This was the view from our paintings conservator’s work stand a little while ago. The three saints from the Retablo of Saint Peter at the left and Captain Puyparlier, in the center, are nearing the final stages of conservation treatment. They have been cleaned, filled, underpainted, varnished and are ready to be inpainted. On the right, David and Goliath have been digitally photo-documented, which is the first step of treatment. Now they’re waiting for varnish removal, the beginning of the actual conservation work.