Friday, 29 April 2016

Y = Yellowing

Yellowing is an effect usually associated with oil paintings and can occur due to a number of reasons. One such explanation is that the application of varnishes or finishes prone to yellowing could be to blame, however more likely is that dirt embedded within varnish applied is the culprit.
A nice example is this painting  of the painting of Scheveningen, 17 km from Delft by Hendrick van Anthonissen (1641)

View of Scheveningen Sands by Hendrick van Anthonissen before restoration
 After they cleaned the yellow varnish layer this is what the picture had hidden: a whale!
View of Scheveningen Sands by Hendrick van Anthonissen after restoration.

 I couldn't resist to have the curator tell her story. This is what she did with this painting:


  1. Wow...never would have thought that yellowing varnish could have covered up a whale! Thanks so much for sharing, Han. ;)

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

    1. It's a cover up, I think: a whale!Amazing what a few hundred years can do...
      What would be effect of flashlights on all those famous paintings?


  2. Wow, what a different.
    Interesting, Han, as allways .

    Thank you,
    Mona Lisa

    1. It's amazing isn't it? It changes the whole composition...



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