Special Issue "Conservation Tools, Protocols and Treatments on Painted Surfaces, Metal Leaves and Finishes in Cultural Heritage"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Conservation of painted surfaces, metal leaves, and finishes requires a deep knowledge of both the materials themselves and the supports and the interaction phenomena occurring among them. Superficial treatments, operations, and materials adopted during the conservation intervention can modify the complex system of existing interactions. Therefore, it is fundamental to predict possible induced changes of the chemical-physical properties of the systems.
This Special Issue aims at contributing to the definition of the state-of-the-art in the approach to conservation problems of painted surfaces, metal leaves, and finishes.
In particular, the topic of interest includes but is not limited to:
- Methodological approaches for the conservation treatments of the painted surfaces, metal leaves, and finishes;
- Analytical tools and protocols for the validation of the treatment efficacy and recognizability;
- Analytical tools for the characterization of surface materials and their decay processes;
- New materials and treatments.
Dr. Nervo Marco
Manuscript Submission Information
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- conservation treatments
- chemical–physical properties
- painted surfaces
- metal leaves
- validation of treatments
- decay processes
- analytical protocols
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Life of a Painting as Revealed by Technical Analyses: Original Materials and Later Alterations of Édouard Manet’s Woman in Striped Dress
Federica Pozzi 1,*, Silvia A. Centeno 1, Federico Carò 1, Gillian McMillan 2, Lena Stringari 2
1 Department of Scientific Research, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028, United States
2 Department of Conservation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128, United States
Abstract: Among the treasures of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, is a large-scale portrait by Édouard Manet that remained unfinished upon the artist’s death, in April 1883. This work, now known as Woman in Striped Dress, belongs to Manet’s late artistic production and dates from around 1877-1880. A collaborative endeavor entailing archival research and scientific analysis revealed that the composition had suffered dramatic alterations prior to its arrival at the museum in 1965, likely carried out to finish the picture so it would be marketable and to increase its sale value. Among the main changes uncovered by this technical study are a reduction in size of the canvas and subsequent campaigns of varnishing. Furthermore, along with a detailed characterization of the original materials present in the ground and paint layers, this work enabled to identify areas of later retouching or additions to the original composition that were executed concurrently with the cutting down. The data collected were crucial to devise an appropriate conservation treatment, aiming to remove the deeply discolored varnish as well as select areas of retouching that obscured significant details of Manet’s picture and his delicate brushwork.
Keywords: Manet, painting, portrait, woman, 19th-century, pigments, fillers, varnish, original materials, later alterations