Blackman Cruz

Fresco of Neptune, Transferre to Canvas Via Strappo Technique

Blackman Cruz

Fresco of Neptune, Transferre to Canvas Via Strappo Technique

Northern Italy, c1890
78.25"H x 34.5"W x 1"D
Strappo Technique: During the 18th century, new techniques were perfected for the restoration and conservation of ancient works of art.
The strappo technique, without doubt the least invasive, involves removing only the topmost layer of plaster, known as the intonachino, which has absorbed the pigments, without touching the underlying arriccio layer.
In this method, a protective covering made from strips of cotton and animal glue is applied to the painted surface. A second, much heavier cloth, larger than the painted area, is then laid on top and a deep incision is made in the wall around the edges of the fresco.
A rubber mallet is used to repeatedly strike the fresco so that it detaches from the wall. Using a removal tool, a sort of awl, the painting and the intonachino attached to the cloth and glue covering are then detached, from the bottom up.
The back of the fresco is thinned to remove excess lime and reconstructed with a permanent backing made from two thin cotton cloths, called velatini, and a heavier cloth with a layer of glue. Two layers of mortar are then applied; first a rough one and then a smoother, more compact layer.

$6,500