A SEMI-RIGID TRANSPARENT SUPPORT FOR PAINTINGS WHICH HAVE BOTH INSCRIPTIONS ON THEIR FABRIC REVERSE AND ACUTE PLANAR DISTORTIONS
ABSTRACT—The semi-rigid support, a compromise between the naturally flexible fabric lining and the totally rigid solid mount, has been employed as a system to deter return of planar distortion. By the use of such a support, however, continued visibility for inscriptions on reverses of such fabric paintings is often sacrificed for optimum structural consolidation. This paper describes a support system which provides both transparency and semi-rigidity.With the system a glass-fiber fabric is impregnated with a readily available polyester resin, the impregnated section being limited to the exact dimensions of the painting exclusive of tacking edges. The resulting transparent, semi-rigid composite fits the painting's design area, serving to deter return of surface distortions and leaving an unimpregnated surrounding margin of glass fabric. This pliable fabric margin is used to attach the support to its stretcher. The cured resin semi-rigid section is compatible with a wide choice of lining adhesives.Preparation techniques for the above support are described as well as the results attained through its use.
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