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Wednesday, May 31 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
052. (Paintings) Alternative methodology for traditional interventions: Loose lining in colonial paintings

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Lining treatments used in the conservation-restoration field include several options and can be classified according to the adhesive used. Traditional methods include those based on glue-starch and wax-resin, while those using synthetic adhesives are considered alternative methods. The appearance of new materials and mechanical equipment like the low-pressure table expanded the possibilities of intervention. Nevertheless lining is always a structural change and an invasive treatment for the paintings. This poster describes research carried out by an interdisciplinary team of conservators, historians and chemists from the Centro TAREA, Instituto de Investigaciones sobre Patrimonio Cultural of the Universidad Nacional de San Martín that elucidated fundamental aspects of paintings from the South American colonial period, deteriorated but with an important documentary value. Centro TAREA has a long tradition of restoring colonial paintings. During twenty years, more than 400 paintings were treated. Traditional methods were preferred to reinforce the structure in the cases where lining was required. The fabric weakness and the large size of the canvas, usually demands invasive intervention in colonial paintings to guarantee the integrity of the piece. In the cases presented here, minimal intervention criteria were applied and the loose lining method used proved to be the most suitable alternative lining for these particulars situations. The structures were reinforced employing a completely reversible treatment, choosing the so-called alternative lining: loose lining. The fundamental characteristic of this procedure is its easy removal because in this system the use of adhesive, heat or humidity are avoided. On the other hand, in traditional lining methods, texture and color saturation of the painting usually suffer alteration. Although the loose lining is considered an alternative treatment for particular cases, we find the possibility of re-treatability in these colonial paintings meant an essential quality of this lining method.

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Damasia Gallegos

Paintings Conservator, IIPC- TAREA. Universidad Nacional de San Martín
Since 2011, I am the head of the Painting Conservation Department at the Centro TAREA of the Universidad Nacional de San Martín. I came on staff in October 2004 like painting restorer after five years of private practice in the conservation of traditional and modern paintings, providing... Read More →

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Ana Morales

Senior Paintings Conservator, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (IIPC)
Ana Morales has been an easel painting conservator and paper artworks conservator since 1998. In 2009 she came on staff as a Senior Conservator Restorer in Centro TAREA from Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) and the Museo Histórico Nacional of Argentina. She is an Assistant... Read More →
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Dolores González Pondal

Senior Painting Conservator, Centro TAREA, Universidad Nacional de San Martín
From 2009 until now, Dolores González Pondal serves as Conservator Restorer at Centro TAREA from the Universidad Nacional of San Martin (UNSAM). She is also an Assitant Professor in "Theory and practice of the restoration" and "Foundations of the theory and practice of the restoration... Read More →

Wednesday May 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Riverside West Exhibit Hall Exhibit Level, East Tower