Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A New Technique for Art Restoration

Remember last year when that woman tried on her own to restore that painting of Jesus? Well, I was inspired by her effort and initiative, if not her result. So I've spent the past several months working long hours to develop an entirely new kit of tools, chemicals and techniques to restore old paintings in danger of deterioration. My method is unique in that it erases all damage done by both oxidation and handling contact from humans over the years to the original pristine canvas.

After testing my method on several garage sale paintings I had handy, I was eager to put it to a real test on an important work. So, not knowing any French myself, with the assistance of Google Translate I composed and mailed a letter to the Louvre in France identifying myself as a life-long restoration researcher with an all-new process to test, and inquired if they may have a work that needs my attention.

I was surprised at how quickly they replied, and again with Google's help, they seemed to be excited to have received my offer at that time, as they were quite concerned about several masterpieces they hold. They were so eager, in fact, a plane ticket was included.

So early last week, I set off for France. Upon arrival at the Louvre, and not speaking the language, sorry, I'm American, I managed to find my way to the piece I think they wanted me to work on. I covered it with a drape as I worked, so of course it could be dramatically unveiled when complete, and spent the entire rest of the day at it.

I'm quite pleased with the way it came out: perfect, not a single trace of any damage by man or time. The way all the museum folks were jumping around and hollaring, they were obviously pretty excited about it, too.

So, after all of that, here it is:

Mona Lisa, Louvre, France, painting restoration, art restoration

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