In the art world varnish is often applied to paintings in an attempt to help preserve and protect them for a longer period of time, but over hundreds of years that varnish can yellow and even turn brown. This means it’s impossible to tell the vibrant colours of the original painting without carefully stripping the varnish back, and luckily for us that’s exactly what Philip Mould has done. Mould is the host of TV’s ‘Fact or Fortune’ and an art dealer and historian. He also loves restoring old art to its former glory and his Twitter video went viral this week when people were stunned by his work.
A last smear from the chin removed. I will post an image of the completed picture as soon as it is ready. pic.twitter.com/K7TSl2XdqE— Philip Mould (@philipmould) November 6, 2017
The ‘woman in red’, as she’s being referred to, was painted in 1618 but nothing else is known about the piece yet. Mould is also being secretive about the specific method he used in restoring her but other techniques include turpentine and other solvents. Regardless, the video is therapeutic and we can’t wait to see the finished product of all his hard work.
Thank God it didn’t turn out like this iconic piece #potatoJesus