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Old March 15th, 2011, 12:01 PM   #5
Filiberto Boncompagni
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cyprus
Posts: 96

Hi guys,
Here the slit of the wall is prolonged on the ground
This line on the ground is indeed puzzling
Don’t bother with that line: it’s a painting “su tavola” (on wood). That line is simply the separation between two planks.
With time, change of temperature and humidity, the planks move. This breaks the – I don’t remember how it’s called in English, in Italian is the “preparazione”: the layer with canvas, glue and gypsum underneath the color and, of course, the color itself. Notice that the color and the preparazione are gone for few millimeters on the sides of the line in the supposed “carpet” field.
A very common phenomenon (did I mention that, besides being Tuscan and Florentine, I am also - or rather I was - a restorer of paintings?)

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