Wall painting from a tomb: plant with a green stem and leaves, and two clusters of red, blue and yellow flowers; ancient red border; restored.
- Excavated/Findspot: Tomb of the Nasonii
- (Europe,Italy,Via Flaminia,Tomb of the Nasonii)
- Height: 69 centimetres
- Width: 31 centimetres
4 September 2007
Reason for treatment
Investigate overpainting. Consolidate loose fragments and fragile open areas. Retouch to match surrounding surface. Retouch old fills.
Theobject was inside a glazed box. The painting is mounted on a canvas with a wooden frame support. The plastering is about 1 cm thick. The painting has been heavily restored in the past, painted over and filled, some of the fills are made of wax. The object is very dirty. The surface has numerous cracks and areas of loose material. The surface of the painting is not flat but very irregular. There are two small open areas where the plastering can be seen. The colours of the fills from the old restoration are very dark and distracting.
The object was taken out of the glazed box. The painting was cleaned very gently with Smoke Sponge to avoid damaging loose areas. The cracks and fragile areas were consolidated with Primal B60A, applied with a syringe. White Spirit (composition variable - petroleum distillate) was applied with micropipettes in the fragile areas before the Primal B60A. The White Spirit works as a capillary to draw the Primal inside the cracks, and it also helps to decrease the gloss of the Primal.Needed areas were filled with a mix of Microballons and 20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone, areas close to the floral motif were not touched. The fills were in-painted with acrylic colours. The old fills that had turned into a dark colour were also in-painted with acrylic colours. The new in-painted areas can be clearly distinguished from close and a photo of the object was taken under UV light in order to identify them easer. The back of the object was also cleaned with Smoke Sponge. A support was made with two sheets of Plastazote (polyethylene), these were placed in-between the wooden frame in order to buffer vibrations which could cause further damage to the wall painting. The object is in stable condition.
Greek & Roman Antiquities
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Object reference number: GAA43160
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