Virgin and Child with the Cat: and Joseph at the Window – Rembrandt

Treatment Report

Conservator: Patrick Layton

Title: Virgin and Child with the Cat and snake :Maria met kind, met kat en slang

Creator: Rijn, Rembrandt van

Date Created: 1654

Physical Dimensions: 95 mm x 145 mm

Treatment Completed: 21/02/2018

Condition Report:

  • Mounted to a board with hide glue
  • Severe discoloration and deterioration due to acidity of board and glue
  • Losses in upper corner corners

Completed Treatment

  • Dry Cleaned Recto and Verso
  • Mount removal until the glue was exposed
  • Washed in room temperature distilled water
  • Whitened with UV Lights
  • Tears were repaired with .15mm mulberry Kashi
  • Infilled areas of loss
  • Full Lining with .15mm Washi Kozu happened in June of 2018

Things I would change

I would definitely have filled in the loss area at the bottom of the piece. At the time I was in the midst of an international move and the area had no vertical tears in towards the image itself and was the border of the mat area. Later I had to go back and line the full piece as it had developed some weakened areas. Learning is my favorite thing about work, we can always get better.