The Conservation of Venus Discovering the Dead Adonis and the Missing Boar | by Cleveland Museum of Art | CMA Thinker | Feb, 2023

By Dean Yoder, Senior Conservator of Paintings and Head of Paintings Conservation

Figure 1. Venus Exploring the Dead Adonis, c. 1650. Italy, Naples. Oil on canvas 184.4 x 238.8 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund, 1965.19
Determine 2. Immediately after cleaning and just before retouching throughout Suhr’s 1964 treatment method, documenting extensive destruction through the painting
Determine 3. Immediately after the elimination of Suhr’s retouching and more mature varnish residues from former interventions
Figure 4. After varnishing and toning the white fill content with a reversible conservation-quality paint matching the initial floor coloration
Figure 5. Depth of Adonis in the course of the inpainting procedure. Observe the enhanced saturation, superior described musculature, deeper shadows, and softer gradations together the shadow edges.
Determine 6. Depth of the reconstruction of the wild boar being tied up by a putto on the significantly left
Determine 7. Current status exhibiting partial reconstruction of the boar and inpainting in the figure of Adonis. Massive spots of loss nevertheless require to be inpainted.