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Repairing the Damage: Our Master Conservator Puts an Heirloom Back Together

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Alison Pierz

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The fully restored painting and frame

In need of art restoration? We've got you covered. Imagine you've got a precious family heirloom, that becomes horribly damaged. That happened to this beautiful seascape which a client brought to us with an extremely large tear in it. Fortunately we were able to reassure them that we could make it good as new!

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The large tear through the center of the painting prior to restoration

The Frames and Stretchers team has a master art conservator on hand. Like all of our craftspeople, Julia Rivera is an amazingly talented artist in her own right. But we use her talent to help restore artworks to their former glory. Julia is a Bronx born New York native who studied at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in Puerto Rico. She also received her MA in 17th century painting and restoration at the Studio Arts College International, Florence, Italy. Her art has been exhibited widely and is included in numerous international collections. 
Julia's impressive credentials include having worked in art conservation and restoration for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. So we knew we could count on her to fix this problem. 

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Conservator Julia Rivera working on the unstretched canvas

Luckily the torn out piece of canvas was available for her to reattach to the rest of the painting. After adhering it with an archival adhesive she then had to painstakingly paint back in the areas along the seam and achieve a perfect match! Once that was done a fresh piece of canvas was attached to the back to create a seamless finish. Meanwhile, other members of our team worked on repairing minor damage to the ornately carved gold frame. The final step was refitting the painting in its original frame. The end result was fantastic and the client was overjoyed!

Posted in Art conservation, Art restoration, Seascape

New Life for Emanuel Romano's Cubist Masterpiece

Posted on July 09, 2017 by Alison Pierz

Our team was thrilled recently, when a client brought us a truly stellar early twentieth century painting by artist Emanuel Glicen Romano. The work called the “Harp Player” was painted in 1919 and was suffering from nearly a century of wear. The varnish was heavily soiled and discolored so we enlisted the help of art restoration professional Julia Rivera. Julia brought the painting back to life, revealing it’s original colors and detail. After restoration, we re-stretched the canvas with interlocking stretcher bars and framed the work with a lovely splined, maple, closed corner floater frame with custom grey finish.

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Emanuel Glicen Romano was an important early twentieth century artist. He was born Emanuel Glicenstein in Rome in 1897 and was raised internationally in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, England and Poland, eventually moving to the States with his father. Glicenstein senior had been a successful sculptor in Italy and the younger artist chose to change his name to Romano in order to try to discourage any criticism that he might be trying to benefit from his father’s reputation. After WWII Romano moved to Israel to set up a museum dedicated to his father’s work.

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Romano worked for the Federal Art Project of the WPA and painted portraits of noteworthy individuals like William Carlos Williams and T.S. Elliott. A highly successful artist in his own right Emanuel Glicen Romano’s work can be found in the collections of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Fogg Museum and the Musée Nacional de France. He has recently been included in the collection of the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg.

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Emanuel Romano's "Harp Player" fully restored and framed

“Harp Player” is a great example of the Cubist style and displays real charm with a dog captivated by the musician’s playing. The collector of the piece explained that dogs are an important theme in some of the artist’s work. She also said “Harp Player” is one of his largest known paintings. It was an honor to be part of bringing this gem back to its original glory.

Posted in #Art Restoration, #Cubist painting, #Emanuel Glicen Romano