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September 29, 2020

“Conservation of Velázquez’s Portrait of Philip IV”

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 4:48 am

If I could exist within the painted world of any artist, it would be the world of Diego Velázquez (1599-1660).

And what better way to get as “inside” that world as possible through a detailed study of the conservation of one of his most admired works, the “Portrait of Philip IV,” through this 2010 video from the Frick Collection You Tube channel. As the video’s introduction states, “The “Portrait of Philip IV” by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660) returned recently from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, having been cleaned for the first time in more than sixty years. The gleaming silver brocade covering the king’s crimson coat is executed in an extraordinarily free and spontaneous manner, which is almost unparalleled in the painter’s production and can now be better appreciated. The treatment by Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Paintings Conservation, revealed the dazzling original surface that had been veiled by a yellowing varnish. Additionally, the first technical studies of the painting were undertaken, involving microscopy, X-radiography, and infrared reflectography.”

Get INSIDE this fascinating painting and its meticulous conservation, below (running time 19:07)

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