Friday, December 11, 2009

Unloved Junk Painting Lives To Be Destroyed

I was wandering around my work today and came across, in one of the offices, one of our sad garbage paintings, seen above (click for a larger view). Why do we have such things? Well, when you think about it, if a conservator is going to experiment, you know, hot-dogging with solvents, she or he isn't going to test these things on a Rembrandt, right? Therefore we have a supply of these junky old things, bad old fourth generation copies of old master paintings, academic works by untalented students, etc. But they're usually really old, so when you encounter one, it can be alarming. Neat!

1 comment:

Karen Zipdrive said...

Looks like the restorer used a #2 pencil with the eraser removed to scratch up the bodice. I hope he made a note to skip using that technique again.