Old linings in time may perish. Here the process of unlining is shown where the old canvas, glues and waxes are removed from the original painting prior to relining.
Paintings with inscriptions on the back can have a transparent lining so it is not lost.
Lining is an essential part in the conservation of oil paintings on canvas. In time the original canvas perishes. This often becomes apparent, from the front, when a crack appears along the stretcher line. The canvas is prone to puncturing and small paint losses may appear.
A Painting on table being lined.
Henry Moore A.R.A
Painting with damage before lining.
Back of canvas showing tear.
After Lining showing the supported damage with filler.