Retouching

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Reworking small areas of a painting or photographic negative usually to cover damage or to mask unwanted features.[1]

Basics of painting retouching

The preservation of paintings commonly involves the reintegration of missing or damaged paint films to a state consistent with the remaining original. Retouching is not, in itself, a creative process but an act of problem solving to obtain an appropriate result through patience, informed decision making, and excellent color matching skills. This term can also be considered a synonym for inpainting.

The original painting film must be respected and neither altered nor concealed from view. Retouching must be preformed as objectively as possible with no attempt to misrepresent the artist's intent, conceptual, and physical characteristics of the painting.[2]

Is important that any given retouching are:

  • Inert towards the remaining original.
  • Removable from the remaining original at any given time without harming.
  • Stable and likely to alter as little as possible overtime to ensure maximum duration of the restoration, minimizing exposure to potential damage or swelling of the painting film through solvent action when the retouching is removed in the future.
To make the products or retouching reversible a thin layer of varnish is layered over the original paint to allow for easy removal. This also prevents the damage of the original paint in the event of removal. [3]
  1. Retouching. (n.d.). Retrieved from: http://www.getty.edu/vow/AATFullDisplay?find=retouching&logic=AND¬e=&english=N&prev_page=1&subjectid=300136723
  2. Stoner, J., & Rushfield, R. (2012). The Imitative Retouching of Easel Paintings. In The Conservation of Easel Paintings (pp. 607-634). Abingdon, Oxon England: Routledge.
  3. Related Terms

    inpainting, overpainting

    Translation

    English retouching
    Dutch retoucheren
    Spanish retocando
    Portuguese retocada
    Italian ritocco
    German Retusche
    Russian ретуширование
    Arabic إعادة لمس

    References

    1. Retouching. (n.d.). Retrieved from: http://www.getty.edu/vow/AATFullDisplay?find=retouching&logic=AND¬e=&english=N&prev_page=1&subjectid=300136723
    2. Stoner, J., & Rushfield, R. (2012). The Imitative Retouching of Easel Paintings. In The Conservation of Easel Paintings (pp. 607-634). Abingdon, Oxon England: Routledge.
    3. Related Terms

      inpainting, overpainting

      Translation

      English retouching
      Dutch retoucheren
      Spanish retocando
      Portuguese retocada
      Italian ritocco
      German Retusche
      Russian ретуширование
      Arabic إعادة لمس

      References

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