The Cincinnati Art Museum is giving visitors the chance to check out how its 1890 Van Gogh painting “Undergrowth with Two Figures” is being restored by having its chief conservator, Per Knutas, carry out his detailed work in public view through October.
One of Vincent van Gogh's last masterpieces, the painting had wax applied to it in the 1970s to protect the canvas and secure the paint. But Knutas said some of the wax seeped to the front surface. To remove it and reveal original vibrant colors and textures of the work, Knutas is using a powerful microscope connected to a 42-inch flat screen monitor, as well as special tools and solvents.
Knutas is working on the painting from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and the first and last Saturdays of the month through the summer. For more information, call (513) 639-2995 or visit www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Sources : Courier-Journal.Com