A few years ago an art dealer Philip Mold published a short video about the process of restoring a painting. The video which later went viral became hotly discussed on social media.
Working quickly and miraculously, he was able to wipe off the dirt on the surface of the painting. The results of his hands can reveal the beauty of sparkling oil paint from the painting.
In the video, Philip Mold is stripping the varnish in the painting. The surface of the painting does look dirtier and the color is yellower. Reported from Bored Panda , art historian, and chemist, initially will examine the painting carefully to determine the type of varnish and material that will be used.
They will choose the most suitable chemicals to melt the yellowing varnish layer, and change the surface to a clearer color.
After the first video became a hit on social media, Philip Mold continued to document the transformation of the painting on his Twitter account. The initial part of the restoration, looks the face is cleaner than before.
"Responding to those who want to see unclean images of #womaninred, we know that the figure of the mysterious woman is 36 years old and was painted in 1618 ago," wrote Philip Mold on twitter.
Mold told The Telegraph that the painting was originally in a private collection in England and began restoration of the painting after extensive testing of varnish on the surface of oil on oak panels. A mixture of gel and solvent is made, specifically only to remove the varnish and not damage the underlying paint. This is different from normal restoration, with the gel suspending the solvent and working in a more controlled manner.
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