So we turned it over and, under magnification, the fibers were realigned and rewoven. Then the ends of the fibers were “re-welded” back together. The photo on the right is the back of the rip after the “re-welding” and readhering of the ends back together. Nice, huh?
Even though the rip looks great and is now flat, the stress from the impact will result, in the future, in a disfiguring spiderweb or bull’s eye type cracking pattern. So this painting will be lined to keep that from happening.
Quality retouching or “inpainting,” as we say, will be applied only to the area of loss and be very restricted in order to ensure the maximum value and that the originality of the painting is maintained.
This sort of thing is TOTALLY preventable. Is it worth riping a $25,000.00 picture before you make sure your hanging items aren’t going to come falling down with the smallest tremor?