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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:

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?
Retouching Rubens's 'Het Steen'
After months of restoration, Larry Keith unveils the newly retouched 'Het Steen' in the Conservation Studio
After centuries apart, two Rubens masterpieces will be brought back together. We go behind the scenes to find out more
Restoring the Gallery's oldest painting
Kristina Mandy shows the steps involved in restoring a painting that is over 750-years-old
Learn about the restoration of one of our highlight paintings, by Artemisia Gentileschi
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'
A project supported by the Getty Foundation
Sharing knowledge with international colleagues
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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