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Larry Keith, Head of Conservation and Keeper, explains how he removed, or ‘cleaned’, the aged, discoloured varnish from Rubens’s late landscape ‘A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning’, and what the process revealed. 

Watch our next episode to see Conservator and panel specialist Britta New work on the structural repair of 'Het Steen'.

Watch other episodes in the series:

Behind the scenes in Conservation

A structural repair of Rubens's 'Het Steen'

How will Britta New meet the challenge of repairing Rubens's fragile panel which has survived centuries' worth of restorations and one very severe frost?

Behind the scenes in Conservation

Retouching Rubens's 'Het Steen'

After months of restoration, Larry Keith unveils the newly retouched 'Het Steen' in the Conservation Studio

Reuniting Rubens's beloved landscapes

After centuries apart, two Rubens masterpieces will be brought back together. We go behind the scenes to find out more

Behind the scenes in Conservation

Restoring the Gallery's oldest painting

Kristina Mandy shows the steps involved in restoring a painting that is over 750-years-old

Restoring Artemisia

Learn about the restoration of one of our highlight paintings, by Artemisia Gentileschi

A king-sized restoration project

Watch how it took a small army of people to clean, repair and restore one of our largest paintings, Van Dyck's 'Equestrian Portrait of Charles I'

Relining Van Dyck's Equestrian Portrait of Charles I

A project supported by the Getty Foundation

Sharing knowledge with international colleagues

Complex conservation

An altarpiece in need of attention

One of the most complex structural conservation projects in the history of the Gallery: Giovanni Martini da Udine’s ‘The Virgin and Child with Saints’

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