JAIC 1993, Volume 32, Number 1, Article 3 (pp. 23 to 31)
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JAIC 1993, Volume 32, Number 1, Article 3 (pp. 23 to 31)

STURGEON GLUE FOR PAINTING CONSOLIDATION IN RUSSIA

TATYANA PETUKHOVA, & STEPHEN D. BONADIES


ABSTRACT—Sturgeon glue, prepared from the inner membrane of the air bladder of the fish, has long been used by Russian conservators as a consolidant and adhesive. It has recently become more accessible to Western conservators. It has greater tack and lower viscosity than comparable mammalian products like gelatin and rabbit-skin glue. The consolidation of badly tented paint on a 16th-century panel painting is described. Translated and adapted sections from the standard text of Russian conservators illustrate current techniques in Russia.

Article Sections:

1. INTRODUCTION
2. STURGEON GLUE
3. RUSSIAN CONSOLIDATION AND IMPREGNATION TECHNIQUE
4. CONCLUSIONS
a: Materials , References , Author Information
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