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Restorer Cleans the Varnish Off a 17th Century Oil Painting

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In the past we have reviewed some of the worse restoration fails in the history. Being a restorer is not an easy thing, since you have to make sure that the piece of art you are working on is not going to be ruined and the result will serve the importance of the painting right. This is why the person who starts the journey of restoring a painting must be fully equiped with all the necessary qualifications to do to the job.

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Art dealer, author, and BBC presenter Philip Mould, recently uploaded a video where he made restoring look like a piece of cake.

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I know, he really is a multitasker.

Philip Mould & Company are art dealers, who regularly host exhibitions with famous Tudor and Jacobean paintings.

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And they are very good at what they do.

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In this video he uploaded on his Twitter, Mould used the method of painstaking to remove a 200-year-old varnish from a 17th century painting.

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It’s actually quite impressive.

His work is fast and precise, making the whole process look easy, when in reality it is very hard and time consuming.

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And that’s what I call true talent, my friends.

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What we know about the painting is that it was made in 1618 and the woman portrayed was 36-years-old at that time.

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And you’ll see all that clearly in the next images.

We don’t know exaclty what chemicals Mould used, although turpentine is usually mixed along with other substances to remove varnish.

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Maybe they have a magic recipe though.

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Historians and chemists usually collaborate in order to examine the kind of varnish and what chemical should be used to remove it successfully.

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It’s a very precise work.

They will use test patches to see if their combination of chemicals is working and if so they will start the restoration process.

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It is quite hard to find a good restorer. Based on the previous disasters, where restorers destroyed paintings of great value and importance, people are now more cautious when it come to restoring a painting. They will think about it a lot more than they would in the past.

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