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Easel paintings grounds

From: M.J.N. Stols-Witlox <m.j.n.stols-witlox<-a>
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2008
For my PhD research, titled "North West European recipes for
preparatory layers for oil painting, 1500-1900", I am searching for
paintings in which the ground or preparatory layers cause
conservation problems.

The first part of the thesis consists of an overview based on a
large body of historical recipes from the period. In the second
part, I intend to investigate the relevance of these recipes for
actual painting practice. In order to link comments on ground
quality with actual practice, I am interested to know about
paintings (North-West European paintings, dating between 1500 and
1900) where conservation problems are clearly related to the
preparatory layers. (I am interested both in aesthetic problems like
increased transparency or darkening of the ground, and in structural
problems, for instance failing adhesion or cohesion.)

If you are willing to share your knowledge/experience with me, I
would be most grateful. Any contributions would obviously be fully

Drs. Maartje Stols-Witlox
Lecturer Paintings Conservation, PhD candidate
University of Amsterdam
Faculty of Humanities
Oude Turfmarkt 147
1012 GC  Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+31 20 525 4673
Hobbemastraat 22
1071 ZC  Amsterdam
+31 20 6747496

                  Conservation DistList Instance 21:41
                 Distributed: Monday, February 4, 2008
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Received on Sunday, 27 January, 2008

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