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Waterloo Bridge, London, at Dusk, mid-varnish removal photograph

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Description: Waterloo Bridge, London, at Dusk, mid-varnish removal photograph
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Description: Seeing Through Paintings: Physical Examination in Art Historical Studies
Varnish has traditionally been considered, by both painters and collectors, a renewable coating somewhat apart from the artist’s handwork. Varnish was usually applied at least a year after the painting was completed so that the paint could dry. Some artists shipped paintings coated with a temporary varnish, expecting someone else to replace it with a proper varnish. By the nineteenth century, varnishing was routinely performed by professionals such as artists’ colormen. The practice of replacing …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.214-241
https://doi.org/10.37862/aaeportal.00110.007

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