Detailed testing last year established the best materials and methods to conserve the paintings, using an adhesive to soften and reattach the flaking paint, with the help of a tiny heated spatula. It’s a daunting task on such large paintings - six of them are nearly three metres high with the largest two being over three and a half metres wide.
Conserving our wall paintings
Throughout 2019 we will be conserving all eight wall paintings in the Room of Imaginary Landscapes. Join us on our journey to conserve and unveil the secrets of these beautiful paintings.
29 Jan 19
28 Jan 19
Specialist conservators start their work
Specialist conservators begin their work on one of the wall paintings. They will be cleaning and consolidating the flaking paint.
21 Jan 19
Initial inspections have shown that over the last 50 years, the paintings have already gone through several phases of conservation. The retouching has been carried out in a range of media including oil, acrylic and casein paint. Overpainting had caused darkening of the canvas, especially in the sky which was has been reduced to a dirty green colour from the original bright blue.