Aspects of 17th century binding medium: inclusions in Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp
During the recent restoration of Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp minuscule crater-like holes, which cover the surface of the painting, were studied. Whitish material within the holes was identified as lead chloride hydroxide and a variety of lead soaps. These inclusions, which in many cases protrude through the paint, are thought to have formed as a result of the agglomeration of lead compounds and saponification of the linseed oil within the ground layer. Possible scenarios for the origin of the chloride are discussed.
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Noble, P, Wadum, J, Groen, K.M, Heeren, R.M.A, & van den Berg, K.-J. (2000). Aspects of 17th century binding medium: inclusions in Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp. In J Goupy & J.-P Mohen (Eds.), Art et Chimie, la Couleur: Actes du congrÃ¨s (pp. 126–129). CNRS Editions.