With the best intentions. Wax-resin lining of Danish Golden Age paintings (early 19th century) on canvas and changed response to RH

Cecil K. Andersen, Marion F. Mecklenburg, Mikkel Scharff, Jørgen Wadum

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Wax-resin lining treatments in the 20th century were chosen specifically for many of the 19th century Danish Golden Age paintings on canvas to counteract their suspected response to moisture. This is a study of the response of painting samples and mock-ups to changing relative humidity (RH) before and after wax-resin lining using tests of uniaxially restrained samples in cycled RH. Contrary to
the usual assumptions, both new wax-resin lined samples and a 47-year-old lining showed markedly increased force levels at high levels of RH, suggesting that the effects of wax-resin linings have not been fully understood.
Original languageEnglish
JournalICOM-CC Preprints
Issue number14
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014
EventICOM-CC 14th Triennial Conference - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 15 Sept 201419 Sept 2014


ConferenceICOM-CC 14th Triennial Conference

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How to cite this article:
Andersen, C.K., M.F. Mecklenburg, M. Scharff, and J. Wadum. 2014. With the best intentions. Changed response to relative humidity in wax-resin lined early-19th-century canvas paintings. In ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference Preprints, Melbourne, 15–19 September 2014, ed. J. Bridgland, art. 1301, 9 pp. Paris: International Council of Museums.
(ISBN 978-92-9012-410-8)


  • moisture response, lining, canvas painting, wax resin, structural conservation

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