Quick update: I’m pursuing my internship at the C2RMF these days, and we’re having a blast preparing the experiments that will conclude all that I did before on the subject. We will experiment the interactions between Chlorociboria-stained wood and the finishes, the products used to remove the finishes (when past restorations occurred), and the new techniques and products that we will devise to get the color back and stabilize it on faded specimens (they were half-way there, which is great).
Believe me, it’s amazing to work with the restorers of the French museums, they’re a handful of experts of utmost talent and ethics, great company and definitely addicted to what they do! My kind of people.
Oh, and the paintings being restored are on the floor just under. Remember that Da Vinci masterpiece that needs some caring love because it had been overly varnished (15 layers!) a century ago? Well I’ve seen it just yesterday, up close and personal, with the IR and X-ray pictures, even discussed with the experts about the previous preservation work that had been done on it and the current one.
Cheers from the Louvre Museum building!
-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...