Restoring a Masterwork II: Guercino's Erminia and the Shepherds
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Daily Log Entry - August 21, 2004

These details of the sheep at the lower right of the composition illustrate the stages of cleaning. In the photograph on the left, the dark areas represent broadly applied overpaint from earlier restorations; the brown paint is an aqueous watercolor medium used to tone the fills before the upper restoration was applied.

The photo on the right shows the section of the painting with all varnish, fills, and overpaint removed.


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Restoring a Masterwork II: Guercino's
August 7 through October 31, 2004
at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts