Glue-paste linings: An evaluation of some biological, chemical and mechanical aspects of a traditional technique

Laura Fuster-López, Cecil Krarup Andersen, Nicolas Bouillon, Fabien Frohrer, Matteo Rossi-Doria, Mikkel Scharff, Kate Seymour, Ángel Vicente-Escuder, Sofia Vicente-Palomino, Dolores J. Yusà-Marco

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Glue-paste linings of (Western) canvas paintings have been performed with a variety of materials throughout history and are present in a very significant amount of artworks in collections in Europe and elsewhere. Cereal flours and animal glues were usually the main ingredients because they were readily available or simply owing to tradition. A variety of different additives were commonly included in recipes, aiming to enhance performance or to prevent
mould growth. This paper describes how varying dominant ingredients of the glue-paste recipe influence the mechanical performance and degradation processes of lined canvas paintings. The impact of cyclic relative humidity on the biological and physical stability of the laminate structure is reported. Carefully constructed mock-ups, simulating lined canvas paintings, were used to examine the effect of pest infestation, mould growth, mechanical damage and chemical changes to the glue-paste lining adhesive over time. Results indicate that the cereal protein content influences degradation
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateAug 2017
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017
EventICOM-CC 2017 - Købenahvn , Denmark
Duration: 4 Sep 20178 Sep 2017


ConferenceICOM-CC 2017
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ICOM-CC 2017

Cecil Krarup Andersen (Speaker)

4 Sep 20178 Sep 2017

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Fuster-López, L., Andersen, C. K., Bouillon, N., Frohrer, F., Rossi-Doria, M., Scharff, M., Seymour, K., Vicente-Escuder, Á., Vicente-Palomino, S., & Yusà-Marco, D. J. (2017). Glue-paste linings: An evaluation of some biological, chemical and mechanical aspects of a traditional technique. Paper presented at ICOM-CC 2017, Købenahvn , Denmark.