“Until now, I made ‘I wish there was such a person' leading characters. This time, however, I created a heroine who is an ordinary girl, someone with whom the audience can sympathize, someone about whom they can say, 'Yes, it’s like that.’ ” ( — Hayao Miyazaki)
This is a thing I have never seen when I was in Italy.
Long story short: sometimes you may need to reline a painting. That means that the original canvas is too weak and too damaged to support the whole artwork, so a new canvas needs to be glued on the back of the painting.
I won’t waste time explaining how relining is a risky procedure because it subjects the painting to a lot of humidity, pressure and heat that could damage it. In Italy it is highly recommended NOT to do it, unless it’s strictly necessary, while apparently in England and in the USA conservators do that as often as they change their own socks.
ANYWAY, once they’re done with the relining, English conservators also glue a strip of brown paper (the one you see in the picture) over the painting’s border. This paper has no reason to be glued there. It’s there just for aesthetic reasons. It’s completely useless. Plus if you cover the entire border I cannot analyze the conditions of the original canvas and a bunch of other things.
The thing is that sometimes they glue that goddamn paper OVER THE ORIGINAL PAINTING’S LAYER and then they VARNISH EVERYTHING so that it is IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE IT WITHOUT ALSO REMOVING THE ORIGINAL PAINT.
TODAY I WASTED MORE THAN ONE HOUR TRYING TO TAKE THIS USELESS PAPER OFF THE PAINTING BECAUSE THE PAINTING’S BORDERS NEEDED TO BE REINFORCED AND TO DO SO I NEEDED TO TAKE THE PAPER OFF AND THAT HAS BEEN SO FRUSTRATING WHY DO YOU GLUE THIS PAPER OVER THE ORIGINAL WHY DO YOU GLUE PAPER IN THE FIRST PLACE WHY CAN’T YOU RESPECT THE FIRST RULE OF CONSERVATION THAT SAYS “EVERYTHING YOU PUT ON THE ARTWORKS HAS TO BE EASLY REMOVED IF NEEDED”
STOP GLUING USELESS THINGS ON PAINTINGS FOR GODS SAKE