Restoration in an Open Workshop


For more than a year from August 2007 through October 2008 museum visitors of the Statens Museum for Kunst, the Danish National Gallery in Copenhagen, were able to experience an open conservation studio in the exhibition area. The reason for bringing the conservators and all their equipment into the exhibition rooms of the museum was the conservation, restoration and technical research of Jacob Jordaens’ (1593–1678) early masterpiece “The Tribute Money. Peter Finding the Silver Coin in the Mouth of the Fish”, also known as “The Ferry Boat to Antwerp”. The process of restoring the painting and investigating the painting technique, materials, history of conservation and provenance of the artwork turned out to reveal unexpected and so far unknown aspects about the genesis of this large masterwork, painted in oil on a canvas measuring 280 × 467 cm.



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