The impregnation and lining of paintings on a hot table

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Journal Article


Ruhemann, H.;


Studies in Conservation, Volume 2, p.73-76 (1953)


One has long recognised the inconveniences of flatenning pictures. Nowadays one can ameliorate the process by using a heated table. It is particularly suited to relining with wax, which is so difficult to control on a cold surface. Also one avoids the prolonged application of heat to remove excess adhesive. The heated iron becomes superfluous because a simple brushing is enough to ensure adhesion of the two canvases. One avoids in this way the squashing of impasto without having to resort to the use of felt or other methods.