Icon and oil painting restoration - The paint at the bottom of the above Transfiguration painting was under water and mud requiring painting repair.
These two antique paintings from the Hudson River School Had to be re-lined, cleaned and restored.
Actually most of the painted surface was conserved, but there was a lot of damage and missing paint.
The original canvas was dry rotted, thus the re-lining. The frames had to be stabilized and restored.
Above left - Mark Sassani filling in the lost ground material.
Above middle and right - A face with the ground filled in and the restored face.
Below - The figure of Christ restored.
Right - The mural restored.
The mural below fell thirty feet and landed on end folding like an accordion when a workman's foot went through the ceiling. At every fold the paint came off the canvas. Further damage came from when it was originally installed, along with hide glue the installers used a few thousand tacks leaving a few thousand holes. Needless to say it was a chore to cover all the holes when the canvas was already too heavy to re-line.
Part of a series of twelve Feasts of the Church, this Transfiguration oil painting was damaged by a flood. As for art work in need of restoration, it really doesn't get any worse than this. All of the canvases had to be re-lined with new linen and extensively cleaned. A few of them had to be completely restored. The frames also had to be restored.
Because of the extent of the damage, this antique Russian Icon was purchased at a good price. The owner wanted the break repaired, but he did not want the entire image restored. I repaired the break and gave it a light cleaning and a coat of removable varnish.