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Conservation and Restoration of an Icon

Photo: Final Condition

Description of Object

Object: Russian Icon
Artist: "Andrej Rukomitschew"
Place: "City of Starodoub"
Date: "1911 Year, 31, January"
Medium: Carrier material; softwood
Exposed Surace: Oil paint on chalk ground, bole gilded on engraved and punched chalk ground, dark red bole
Dimensions: 31.8 cm x 63.4 cm
Owner: Private

Full view, condition before restoration: Damage to finish from moisture in the gilded areas, damaged areas and scratches in the painted surface.

Full view, restoration in progress: Missing areas primed to original surface level.

Detailed view, lower right, restoration in progress: detached strips of linen, uneven blistered and raised paint surface.

Detailed view, lower right, restoration in progress: gilded, polished and abraded.  Restored and preserved original areas, restorative retouching of the painting.

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