Historic Murals and Artwork
EverGreene is routinely entrusted to conserve historic murals by renowned artists such as Edwin Blashfield, Kenyon Cox and Gonippo Raggi, as well as other artwork, currently on display in the nation’s landmark civic, institutional, and religious structures. With formally trained art conservators on staff, the studio offers documentation, testing, and analysis of mural conditions, as well as conservation, restoration, and replication services.
Having historic murals evaluated and treated by formally trained conservators is the best way to prevent irreversible damage. The most important aspect of treatment is that any non-historic painting (done to fill areas of paint loss and/or return the artwork to its original appearance) should be separated from the original by a layer of non-yellowing barrier varnish. This allows a future conservator to completely remove the non-historic painting to prevent build-up over time. If approached with a conservation mindset, a valued mural, even one in a deteriorated state, can be preserved for posterity.
Read Jeff Greene’s essay, “The Legacy of Edwin Howland Blashfield, Dean of American Mural Painters,” excerpted from the book Edwin Howland Blashfield: Master American Muralist, available from W.W. Norton and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America.
Conditions Assessment & Treatment Recommendations
Protection of Artwork
Conservation Surface Cleaning
Returning Murals to a Flat Plane
Repairing Holes & Tears
Mural Lining & Reinforcement
Removal of Yellowed or Darkened Varnish
Consolidation of Loose & Flaking Paint
Inpainting Areas of Loss
Recreation from Severely Damaged Original
Replication from Photos & Historical Information