Restoration of a retable in Norwich Cathedral

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Journal Article


Plummer, Pauline;


Studies in conservation, Volume 4, Number 3, p.106-115 (1959)


ammonium hydroxide, conservation, Norwich Cathedral, paintings, panel paintings, retables, triethanolamine, wood


The retable, painted towards the end of the fourteenth century, consists of five scenes from the Passion. The retable was badly damaged and incomplete, having one or more panels missing at the top. It was covered with a very dark and hard coat of varnish. Restoration included retouching, and replacement of the lost top, with the head and arm of Christ in the centre. Parts of the frame had also to be remade. The article includes some photomicrographs of paint cross-sections. Garry Thomson