“Consolidation by means of the hot table” Follow Lesson no. 4 by Maestro Basiglio

lesson N°4

After cleaning, consolidation

The consolidating product must be applied uniformly to the entire surface of the painting. Enzo urges restorers to always use the brush cross-wise to spread out the product as satisfactorily as possible. This means the end result will tally with the standards that originally governed the painted work itself.

The consolidating agent can be diluted to various proportions, depending on the problems posed by the painting.

The hot table

After letting the canvas settle for 24 hours, the time has come to use the hot table. The hot table is still an innovative resource. It plays a key part in contemporary restoration practices and is a resource that improves work on canvases, while enabling optimal choice of method.

With the hot table, through adoption of a system comparable to that of the vacuum, the consolidating product penetrates the fibre of the fabric underneath the film of paint. As a result, the film binds once more with the original canvas. Enzo tells us that, at this stage, the temperature inside the machine is brought to 56 degrees. The painting is then left to settle during a later maintenance stage, after which the pressure is lowered once more. This ensures that the consolidating agent reaches the deepest layers of the painting, thus protecting it.

Sealing the canvas

Now that we have fully restored the consistency of the canvas, we can repair the parts that have been damaged. Firstly we use a thermocautery and then a special powder to 'heal' the canvas at all points presenting laceration.

We have now smoothed out the surface and the lesions, which shall then undergo stuccatura (application of stucco) and repainting.

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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.

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Lesson n° 4

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

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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