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Does This Painting Need To Be Cleaned?


Isn’t this girl pretty? She was painted about 1860. Note the cleaning test of varnish removal on her neck (and on the pearls). You can see that she has more problems than just yellowed varnish (in fact she has several patches from past restorations) but we’ll only discuss the cleaning question of oil paintings in this article.

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Does this old oil painting need to be cleaned?

A question that comes up often with curators at museums, dealers and auction houses is, “Does this painting I’m looking at, need cleaning?” Well, that’s not a “yes” or “no” question.

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Virginia Haskins Panizzon Painting Conservator


Those that connect with Fine Art Conservation Laboratories already know Virginia, probably. She’s good at everything, including connecting with clients. A business properly run is a “team sport” and here’s a fun illustration of why:

You may find interesting Virginia’s background… here’s her resume.

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After Mural Restoration in California The Horse Breakers by Fletcher Martin is again in Lamesa, TX!


By Wilson Jackson, Guest Blogger

A valuable Depression Era oil-on-canvas-glued-to-a-wall mural called “The Horse Breakers” by renown artist Fletcher Martin, painted way back in 1939, is back in it’s original community of Lamesa, TX after it was removed from a wall in a building slated for demolition and sent for restoration to a professional art conservation lab in Santa Barbara, California. Most people in Lamesa didn’t even know about the notable painting, although its been present on the same wall where it was originally placed since 1939. I guess you had to be a real “ol’ timer” to remember it.

But The Horse Breakers broke into the news when it was reported in several media outlets to have been taken away for mural restoration last September 2015. People were unaware that such a mural existed! This is mainly because the building where this mural was located has been vacant for more than the past two decades and it had not been in public view for the past 30 years. Back then, the building was a federal post office building, which was owned by the Lamesa Independent School District. But as the building was not utilized, this mural was hidden from public view. It was probably a good thing too, given the value.

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Art Restoration of WPA Mural of Old West on Historic Register


See short video at end of article…

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Its like an old movie, walking along the WPA mural 4′ high and 200′ feet long that shows the settling of the Old West in the middle of nowhere in Butch Cassidy’s and the Sundance Kid’s country in South Central Utah surrounded by dinosaur bones and table top landscape.

Renown artist, Lynn Faucett, a native of Price, Utah was just the right person in 1938 to pull together the history of his country. He composed this historical review of the area for the mural based on photos, entries in archives and his own personal experiences. And, during the Depression, the new Works Projects Administration funded municipal building was the perfect place for his talents and vision for the mural.

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Art Conservation Forensic Analysis Of Wall Decorations In Burned Out Historic Building


Art Conservation Forensic Analysis Of Wall Decorations In Burned Out Historic Provo Tabernacle Assists In The Recreation of Historic Details In New LDS Provo City Center Temple (excellent new video at end of article)

Provo Tabernacle Burns in 2010

Provo Tabernacle 2010

The burning of the much used and much loved LDS Provo Tabernacle (conference and performance center) in December of 2010 was a shock for the community and all those that knew the Provo, Utah area.

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Painting Restoration and Conservation – Chapman College in Orange County- Hilbert Museum of California Art


Professional painting restoration and conservation is a valuable service that is often searched for by asking for referrals from esteemed art dealers, museums and auction houses. But sometimes, the referral is no better than simply asking your hairdresser, depending if the person is referring you to a “friend” or a real professional who, not only, knows his/her stuff but also runs a quality professional business.

After several trial and error relationships, we were recently gratified to hear from a major collector in Orange County who was not satisfied with past restoration referral and services. Lucky for him, Mark Hilbert received glowing referrals from two quality businesses in Southern California; Redfern Gallery in Laguna Beach (http://www.redferngallery.com) and from Scott Levitt at Bonhams Auction House in West Hollywood (http://www.bonhams.com) to call us at Fine Art Conservation Laboratories who regularly provide service throughout the southland. See short video:

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Click on photo to see video

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Art Conservation Training in Italy – A tribute to Laura Mora


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During my years of acquiring a masters degree level education in art conservation of paintings (easle paintings and murals) at ENAIP in Italy (1975-1978) our Lombardy Province government sponsored program was in collaboration with the Istituto Centrale del Restauro (ICR), the Rome based Italian National art conservation lab. The various satellite centers to the head lab in Rome were overseen by ICR directors Laura and Paolo Mora (passed away in 1998). Laura’s passing in May of this year and the recent tribute in the Getty Conservation Institute Newsletter brought to mind those exciting days of my education.

I remember meeting with Mrs. Mora many times under her tutelage both theoretical and practical. She was always thorough, professional, available to teach and with a sense of humor. I remember her saying that “I love Paraloid B72 (an acrylic resin) so much that I’d put it on my breakfast toast.”

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Hopeless Smoke Damaged Oil Paintings Given New Life – 3 Valuable Tips


By Annia Bonifaz, Guest BloggerAnnia Bonifaz

Responding and taking care of smoke damaged paintings, art and antiques is a job or need with which you will require expert, professional help. This

Smoke Damaged Office with Artwork

Smoke Damaged Office with Artwork

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Mural Restoration Expert Consultation


FACL travels nationally to discuss and undertake mural conservation projects. Here’s a testimonial from a small project in Western Texas

For our mural capability statement:

http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/mural/

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Professional Art Restoration Painting Conservation Door to Door Service


“Consultation at home or office at no charge?!?!”

“You pick up and deliver?”

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