What will my restored oil painting look like?
The transformation your oil painting will undergo can be quite remarkable and depend on the condition of your painting and associated issues. Treatment can stabilise your painting ensuring future longevity and return aesthetic legibility closer to the appearance originally intended by the artist.
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However, that is not to say treatment will threaten the historic integrity of your piece and conservators are mindful to respect that the object has undergone a passage of time since its initial construction.
For example, ageing cracks will be stabilised where required but fundamentally remain in the painting which, in many ways presents a record of the painting history. Perhaps most drastic in affecting the aesthetic appearance is structural treatments to create a level surface, and varnish removal which unmasks the original painting behind a discoloured screen. In-painting, or retouching can also make a huge difference to the aesthetics of your paintings, however retouching is isolated to areas of losses and reversibility is ensured.