Stabilising the painting

Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

Before it was moved from the exhibition space, conservators examined the painting for signs of loose paint and flaking, securing any loose fragments temporarily. As a result of the impact sustained by the painting, tiny fragments of paint and ground came loose and were deposited on the painting’s surface or on the ground nearby. These fragments were carefully collected and stored for later reinsertion. The painting was removed from public display and taken into the conservation studio for treatment. It was laid flat and stabilised from the front and back. Conservators removed the painting from its frame and documented any changes to the condition of the object.