Monday, December 10, 2012



Eustache Le Sueur II

Copy of Christ on the Cross with the Magdalen, the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist, about 1643, oil on canvas, 105 x 70 cm (original size: 109 x 73.1 cm), The National Gallery, London. 

I have now managed to seize the gesso ground, using a mixture of linseed oil, sun thickened linseed oil and damar varnish (1:0,5:1). During application one has to see that all excess oil is removed immediately by means of a lint-free cloth.

2 comments:

essay4money.com said...

Gesso ground is sometimes so hard to recreate! However, I cannot see significant mishaps on the painting!

Nicki Schaepen said...

Thank you. Yes, it really depends on what kind of glue you are using. In my experience, very thinly applied rabbit skin glue (60g per litre) does the trick...