Restored Rubens self-portrait is back in AntwerpMonday, 16 April 2018 18:25
The restoration was done at the Royal Institute of Artistic Patrimony, IRPA, in Brussels. When examined closely, using infrared photography, reflectography and other technical analyses, the painting shows a complex material journey linked to its many changes of owner.
“There was this layer of shiny varnish in particular that did not enhance the work; we also found four different layers,” restorer Marie-Annelle Mouffe said. “The analysis showed that 75% of the original work was painted over, adding new tones. We identified 10 layers in addition to the original one. The work also proved to have changed shape many times; in particular, it used to have an oval shape before.”
The City of Antwerp will organize a huge popular fiesta on Saturday in honour of the return of the painting. Entry to the Rubenshuis (Rubens House) will be free and for this occasion, it will remain open until 8.00 p.m.
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