The Technique and Restoration of 'The Virgin and Child Enthroned, with Four Angels' by Quinten Massys

Jill Dunkerton
Technical Bulletin Volume 29, 2008

Abstract

The cleaning and restoration of the small panel of The Virgin and Child Enthroned, with Four Angels by Quinten Massys was a complex process, involving the removal of different varnish layers and the reconstruction of losses in areas of drapery using sculptural models. On much of the surface the remains of a probable original varnish was discovered (and retained) but it could be only partly characterised by analysis. Cross-sections and pigment identification have been used to explain the gilding techniques and the unusual colour range of the painting, and infrared reflectography, x-radiography and macrophotography demonstrate the skill and distinctive technique of the painter.

Keywords

blotted glazes, gilding, infrared reflectography, Massys, Netherlandish painting technique, oil varnish, restoration, underdrawing, Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels, X-radiography

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Dunkerton, J. 'The Technique and Restoration of "The Virgin and Child Enthroned, with Four Angels" by Quinten Massys'. National Gallery Technical Bulletin Vol 29, pp 60–75.
http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/technical-bulletin/dunkerton2008


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