Date completed : 5 November 2015 Duration : 6 Months
Henry Matthews

Due to historic changes to the layout and architecture of the building, it was not possible to remove the large framed panel painting from Falkland Palace for treatment. A designated work area was therefore constructed and treatment carried out, over a period of several months, in full view of the public. Daily sessions were conducted at designated times to provide background and information regarding the project and artwork, as well as answer visitors’ questions.

Woodworm damage and splitting to the panel were treated and secured. Lost sections were infilled and supported. Layers of very discoloured and degraded natural resin varnish and old overpaint were removed. An isolating varnish layer was applied to the panel, prior to filling and retouching and the application of final varnishing layers.

The existing frame was cleaned at front and back, protective lining and backing materials were prepared ready for refitting and rehanging of the panel by National Trust for Scotland staff.

On-site working area
Whole front before treatment
Detail, during cleaning
Whole front during cleaning
Detail, injecting woodworm flight holes
Whole reverse after treatment of woodworm damage
Detail, balsa infills
Whole front after initial toning
‘The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine with St. Apollonia, St. Joseph & St. John the Evangelist’ att. to Francesco Brini (active 1540-1586)
‘The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine with St. Apollonia, St. Joseph & St. John the Evangelist’ att. to Francesco Brini (active 1540-1586)

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