Summary of treatment

After Frans Pourbus
Portrait of Jeanne De Croye
Oil on canvas

On examination in the studio it was found that the painting had been extended on all four sides, using pieces of 18th century painted canvas taken from other paintings. The painting had been lined at some point during the mid 19th century. It was decided to reduce the painting to it’s original square format, by removal of the extended later additions of canvas to the four sides of the painting.

Old overpaint and fillings were revealed during the process of varnish removal. The paint had blistered in some of the darker areas; particularly the sitter’s hair. The blistering had most likely been caused by overheating during the previous lining process.

During removal of the discoloured varnish. Old fillings and retouchings revealed throughout the area of the sitters hair

After removal of surface dirt, varnish and retouchings. The later additions of canvas can be seen around all four edges.

After cleaning. Showing filling of the damages.

After treatment.

The painting has been returned to its original square format and fitted into a new frame.