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 compound and saponification of the linseed oil within the ground layer. Possible scenarios for the origin of the chloride are discussed.
|Title of host publication
|Proceedings of the International congress on contribution of chemistry to the works of art, Art & Chimie, la couleur
|Jacques Goupy, Jean-Pierre Mohen
|Number of pages
|Place of Publication
|Published - 2000