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Together with consolidation of the fibers, the conservation team is working on consolidating the painting to strengthen areas of fragile paint layer.
Analysis undertaken on the thread fibers is discussed and examined to ensure the most suitable adhesive is selected to repair any damaged fibers.
The conservation team examines the thread fibers in the original canvas and start testing a variety of consolidants to establish which one will be most suitable to strengthen the delicate fibers of the canvas.
The Irish Times interview Head of Conservation Simone Mancini about the mammoth task of restoring the painting.
Martina Freschi and Peggy Reme examine the progress of the retouching the losses and discuss areas that will require further attention.
The slow task of retouching the damages continues in earnest for the remainder of August and September.
The conservation team continue to retouch some of the most complicated areas of loss; Paintings conservator Martina Freschi finishes the retouching the figures in the foreground of the painting.
Luminosity and detail is returned to Maclise’s fine brush work throughout restored areas of damage.
The project conservators and Head of Conservation, Simone Mancini, work out a retouching technique that will reduce the appearance of damages in the painting.
The Conservation team make some final adjustments to the stability of the original stretcher.
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