“Looking at the back of the painting” Follow Lesson no. 3 by Maestro Basiglio

lesson N°3

Removing the foderatura

After studying the part of the painting that we all admire, restorers must also analyse and repair the back of the painting. The first thing is removal of the foderatura (covering). The foderatura is the support added to the canvas when earlier restoration work was carried out. As Enzo explains, this is all done by hand. Optimal results require painstaking care and attention.

Under this rifoderatura we frequently find extraordinarily valuable data: names, dates and even signatures.

Cleaning the original canvas

Contemporary restorers opt for the minimalist approach. No coverings are applied to the back of the painting at all. In the following lessons we shall see how to restore the original canvas without leaving traces of the work we've done. Here, however, we shall concentrate on removal of all the stucco work that has seeped through from the front of the work. The edges are all cleaned up with a special scalpel.

Communication and restoration

Enzo tells us just now important communication is for what he does. Each stage of the restoration work is recorded in images and videos which become a most precious resource when presenting the end result of the restoration work. Only by such means as these shall the viewer of a work come to appreciate what goes into fully reviving and resuscitating a painting.

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art restoration course

In 6 lessons Enzo Basiglio 'walks us through' the basics of modern restoring, where the traditions of yesteryear are supplemented with the innovatory "minimal intervention" approach. Using leading-edge technologies, interventions thus become increasingly precise and less invasive.

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  • 13_02_2015 13_02_2015
  • 20_02_2015 20_02_2015
  • 27_02_2015 27_02_2015
  • 06_03_2015 06_03_2015
  • 13_03_2015 13_03_2015
  • 20_03_2015 20_03_2015

Lesson n° 1

How to study a work of art before restoring it. Diagnostic analyses: the Wood's lamp, reflectography, backlighting and the video microscope.

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Lesson n° 2

Cleaning paintings with solvents and mixtures that will not degrade the original tone - including the triangular solubility graph and the empirical method.

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Lesson n° 3

What do we find hidden away behind a painting? How to remove the backing, clean the original canvas and uncover the secrets of yesteryear.

Lesson n° 4

Consolidation and the hot table. Innovative methods for fixing colours and regenerating the canvas.

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Lesson n° 5

Stuccoing and levelling canvases. What is resin wax, and what's it used for?

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Lesson n° 6

All the techniques for integration of the colours in paintings: mimetic, hatching and mixed.

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