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Iconographic Interventions as scientific misconduc

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    Posted: 26-Nov-2012 at 09:32
[Constantijn Huygens by Van Mierevelt, at the Huygens Museum, shows bare patches where the grey and brown under painting is visible]
Iconographic Interventions as scientific misconduct
There is more to portraits then meets the eye. Some have been altered and are totally not what the owner might claim it to be. We know about owners changing the hairstyle, costume and facial features to conform to his taste and need. Recently I saw proof of a biblical scene being cut up, and heads dressed with modern clothes (17 century) to look like individual portraits of real persons.
According to a restorers handbook, these interventions are an over paint, which is a repaint, but should not be identified in the dossier, and should be maintained as much as possible.
But the types of over paints I refer to are those where the complexion has been changed from brown or black to white and pink. This was not always done in an expert way, causing crumbling and peeling away of paintlayers, so we can see the grey and brown underlayers. Like Van Mierevelts portrait of Constantijn Huygens.
They try to explain this away by claiming the layers were removed by rigouress cleaning away of 'yellowed' varnish layers. But this is hard to imagine: a restorar takes a priceless portrait and delivers this back with layers missing?
The purpose of this thread is to gain knowledge of restoration traditians, and to show how revisionism of history is maintained by scientific misconduct. Portraits are researched,  restored and classified in keeping with prior conclusions, while a blind eye is turned to these interventions.
Do these scientists do this knowingly?
If so, why are restoration dossiers not open to the public, who pays for exhibitions?
An engraved portrait of Constantijn Huygens, showing dark complexion, after a painting no longer around.

Edited by ThaKing - 26-Nov-2012 at 09:46
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