I was horrified to see one of my favorite paintings, that had been missing for a while, from the gallery, at the Carnegie Museum (Pittsburgh, PA) being "tampered with" aka "restoring" it by removing a layer of painting that was not original, but perhaps added in 1920s...and planning to take it out of this frame that suited it so well, and put it in something else!
I took a long last look at the 95% of it that had not been stripped of paint yet...and then went back a 2nd and a 3rd fond farewell to this painting.
Hans Holbein the Younger or workshop; Sir George Nevill, 3rd Lord Bergavenny; oil and tempera on panel; Bequest of Roy A. Hunt
Curator of fine arts Louise Lippincott , left, and chief conservator Ellen Baxter from the Carnegie Museum of Art initiated forensic analysis on two of four Renaissance paintings in the museum's collection. One of them, a portrait of Sir George Nevill, Lord Bergavenny, right, may have been painted by Hans Holbein the Younger.
from Post Gazette-In 1923, during a botched cleaning and restoration, the painting of Sir George Nevill was damaged, but “the central area of the portrait is in good shape,” Ms. Lippincott said. Cleaning tests Ms. Baxter performed in the upper left corner reveal Latin words on the painting’s subsurface that indicate Nevill was 74 when the picture was painted in 1534.http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2014/07/09/In-depth-analysis-of-five-Renaissance-paintings-uncovers-original-artwork-and-copies/stories/201406280005