Aesthetic Presentation of the Overpainted Baroque Painting of the Mater Dolorosa by Marko Layer

Author: Ana Sterle
Mentor: Lucija Močnik Ramovš, MA, Associate Professor

Department of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Study programme: First-Cycle Bachelor's Programme of Study in Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art
Specialization: Easel paintings (3rd year of study)

The baroque painting of Mother Dolorosa by Marko Layer has undergone two conservation-restoration procedures. With scientific analysis, overpaint was found, hiding a sword and different coloured drapery. The original and overpainted paint layers were of the same chemical composition – egg tempera. Different approaches of removing the overpaint were tested in past treatments of the painting. Effective methods would do more harm than good to the original paint layer. We made a compromise and used the mechanical cleaning method. The end result had a lot of imperfections in the paint layer due to the poor condition of the painting in the first place, and due to the removing procedure of overpaint itself. Before the reintegration process, a graphical image of the retouching and its options was made. The reintegration process consisted of different methods chosen according to the type of damage. The conservation-restoration procedure was finished in such a way that conservators-restorers can continue research on the painting.

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Short biography

ANA STERLE was born in Ljubljana, on 11th of October, 1996. As a child she participated in art workshops led by artist Peter Ciuha. She finished the School of Economics in Ljubljana, where she also exhibited her artworks. Throughout primary and secondary education, she participated in other hobbies; choir and solo singing, business workshops led by Matija Goljar and air rifle shooting, where she ranked second in the 2007 National Championship. She is now a third-year student of Conservation and Restoration at Art at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, currently studying at Escuela Superior de Arte del Principado de Asturias in Spain.