Raphael’s Madonna della Seggiola (Madonna of the Chair) was originally painted in c.1513-1514. The work depicts Mary holding the Christ child on her lap, with an infant John the Baptist watching from one side. This mid-late 19th century reproduction skilfully captures a sense of the original, in both colour and form. Like the original it is painted with oil on panel and is framed in an ornate, hand-crafted frame with a circular opening. The frame has its own unique qualities, with angel faces subtly carved in each corner.
On arrival at ICS, there was extensive surface dirt and dust across the surface of the painting. It had been overpainted in sections and appeared quite dark and discoloured. In addition, the surface coating and varnish had lost its consistency and was yellowed, crazed and blanched in certain areas.
The nails holding the painting into the frame were heavily rusted and had stained the timber. The frame itself – which had originally been fully covered in gold leaf – had been overpainted with gold paint at some point. Over time the overpaint had faded and tarnished and was flaking in places. Some of the moulding was heavily cracked and detaching from the main body of the frame, while some areas were missing altogether and needed to be replaced.
Both the painting and frame underwent a full conservation treatment, which included:
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