Every conservator/restorer dream is to have a non-invasive, portable and user-friendly tool to optimize their work. We are helping to reach that goal by developing a centralized solution that allows you to acquire images and analyse them when and where you want to. The goal of our demonstration is to show the future end users of this solution how easy it is to do an acquisition, upload the images acquired to the cloud and then analyse them by the parameters you decide. You’ll be able to understand much more about the art pieces you are working on and so take better decisions.
The demonstration will consist in a pictorial reintegration test carried out on prepared samples on which a lacunae will be filled with gesso/colla, levelled and then retouched live. There will be the opportunity to see the execution of the retouching work in all its construction phases using two different methods both based on strokes of pure colours juxtaposed that maintain a close up visible inpainting: first vertical tratteggio (Rome - ISCR) with watercolours on a white fill, second selezione cromatica (Florence- OPD) with varnish colours on a varnished lacuna with gouache flat under-toned base.
There’s no established formula for a layering system in mimetic retouching, as the type of layers you need depend on the type of the paint layer you are retouching. Understanding how each layer works independently, and as part of a system, will help to build a mimetic integration of the damaged paint layer. This demonstration is aimed at painting conservators interested to explore some of the basic assets in retouching Old Masters paintings. The demo combines the observation sample test with practical application guidelines. The aim is to identify and utilize important attributes of the paint layer, such as: colour dimensions, texture and direction of the brushstrokes, traces of patina and various elements of degradation. You are welcome to try!