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Paintings Conservation

Emanuel de Witte, Interior with a Woman Playing a Virginal, about 1660-1667, oil on canvas, 97.5 x 109.7 cm. Purchase, John W. Tempest Fund. This work has been restored thanks to funding from BNP Paribas (Canada) and BNP Paribas Foundation.

Emanuel de Witte: Interior with a Woman Playing a Virginal

Emanuel de Witte, Interior with a Woman Playing a Virginal, about 1660-1667, oil on canvas, 97.5 x 109.7 cm. Purchase, John W. Tempest Fund. This work has been restored thanks to funding from BNP Paribas (Canada) and BNP Paribas Foundation.

Emanuel de Witte, Interior with a Woman Playing a Virginal, about 1660-1667, oil on canvas, 97.5 x 109.7 cm. Purchase, John W. Tempest Fund. This work has been restored thanks to funding from BNP Paribas (Canada) and BNP Paribas Foundation.

Emanuel de Witte, Interior with a Woman Playing a Virginal, about 1660-1667, oil on canvas, 97.5 x 109.7 cm. Purchase, John W. Tempest Fund. This work has been restored thanks to funding from BNP Paribas (Canada) and BNP Paribas Foundation.
Emanuel de Witte, Interior with a Woman Playing a Virginal, about 1660-1667, oil on canvas, 97.5 x 109.7 cm. Purchase, John W. Tempest Fund. This work has been restored thanks to funding from BNP Paribas (Canada) and BNP Paribas Foundation.
Emanuel de Witte, Interior with a Woman Playing a Virginal, about 1660-1667, oil on canvas, 97.5 x 109.7 cm. Purchase, John W. Tempest Fund. This work has been restored thanks to funding from BNP Paribas (Canada) and BNP Paribas Foundation.
Emanuel de Witte, Interior with a Woman Playing a Virginal, about 1660-1667, oil on canvas, 97.5 x 109.7 cm. Purchase, John W. Tempest Fund. This work has been restored thanks to funding from BNP Paribas (Canada) and BNP Paribas Foundation.
Emanuel de Witte, Interior with a Woman Playing a Virginal, about 1660-1667, oil on canvas, 97.5 x 109.7 cm. Purchase, John W. Tempest Fund. This work has been restored thanks to funding from BNP Paribas (Canada) and BNP Paribas Foundation.
Emanuel de Witte, Interior with a Woman Playing a Virginal, about 1660-1667, oil on canvas, 97.5 x 109.7 cm. Purchase, John W. Tempest Fund. This work has been restored thanks to funding from BNP Paribas (Canada) and BNP Paribas Foundation.
Emanuel de Witte, Interior with a Woman Playing a Virginal, about 1660-1667, oil on canvas, 97.5 x 109.7 cm. Purchase, John W. Tempest Fund. This work has been restored thanks to funding from BNP Paribas (Canada) and BNP Paribas Foundation.
Emanuel de Witte, Interior with a Woman Playing a Virginal, about 1660-1667, oil on canvas, 97.5 x 109.7 cm. Purchase, John W. Tempest Fund. This work has been restored thanks to funding from BNP Paribas (Canada) and BNP Paribas Foundation.
Restored thanks to the generous support of the BNP Paribas Foundation and BNP Paribas Canada

De Witte is one of the most renowned Dutch painters of interior scenes. His paintings, punctuated with depictions of everyday life, are characterized by an impressive technique featuring carefully created perspectival effects and an always-meticulous rendering of the quality and effect of light.

The goal of the treatment was to correct previous restoration work, notably by removing a thick layer of synthetic varnish that had become opaque, relining the painting with stable materials, and replacing the canvas inserts that had been placed on areas where the original support had been punctured.

The work was first sent to the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa for a comprehensive technical analysis, which identified the materials used and the way in which the paint was layered, as well as confirmed the presence of the original coloured glazes.

A new frame, created by John Davies Framing Ltd of London, now adorns the work. A reproduction of a seventeenth-century Dutch frame, it has a more elaborate design but is in the same auricular style as that of the mirror depicted above the young woman in the painting.

Le tableau rescapé - Emanuel de Witte à l'atelier de restauration

A few examples of works restored for the opening of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace:

The Conservation Department section on this site is funded by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec as part of the implementation of Measure 41 of Quebec’s Digital Culture Plan and by the Ville de Montréal under the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.

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