French Classical Genre painting.
Diana and her attendants.
This painting was heavily overpainted and crudely filled. It had been patched on many occasions Fig3. These were removed prior the lining.
There were at least four different hands that had 'restored' the painting.
In order to bring the original back to life all the old overpaint, filler, dirt and varnish was removed. Beneath this, the original painting was badly damaged. Fig4/6
The drawing had been altered and the colours modified Fig4/5.
Fig 6 shows some of the old damages that the painting had suffered.
Each restoration had worked on top of the other so that the original gradually was distorted.
There were weaknesses in the original but I felt it was better to show them as the artist intended rather than try to 'improve'
After cleaning the damages were filled and retouched. The paint loses were retouched until the painting finally became whole again. Fig7/8