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Removing 200 Years of Varnish from a Painting

A video uploaded by Philip Mould, art dealer and host of BBC’s "Fake or Fortune?", shows the removal of 200 years of varnish from a painting.

Check out the incredible video embedded below:

Details on the ‘Woman in Red’ are sparse but we do know that she is 36 years old and from the inscription, that it was painted in 1618! Check out the uncleaned painting below:

Small area of her astonishingly elaborate dress revealed. We dont know identity yet but certain iconographic clues are staring to emerge....



A last smear from the chin removed.

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