WIT Press

THE ROLE OF WATER IN THE RESTORATION OF PAINTINGS

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/DNE-V5-N1-76-80

Volume

Volume 5 (2010), Issue 1

Pages

4

Page Range

76 - 80

Author(s)

N. MARCHETTINI, D. MAGRINI, A. GUIDUCCI, F.M. PULSELLI

Abstract

Cleaning old paintings has always been a major problem, because aqueous solutions may dissolve pigments. We succeeded in cleaning some precious old paintings of Siena using aqueous products. This success encourages us to clean a Lorenzetti masterpiece in the near future. The techniques used and a possible explanation of the surprising result are discussed in the light of recent insights into the physics of water.

Keywords

cleaning with water, coherent water, interfacial water, Siena paintings