Russian icon of Saints Samon, Gurij and Aviv

  • Artist unknown; 19th century (?)
  • Tempera on wood panel|Private collection, New York City

Icon restoration: treatment of hurricane damage

    • Samon icon of Saints Samon, Gurij and Aviv - Before
    • 1. Before icon restoration. The icon was damaged by a hurricane. The damage includes losses in the paint and ground layers as well as intense flaking, bulging and cracking.

    • Samon icon of Saints Samon, Gurij and Aviv - Before
    • 2. Before icon restoration. Detail of the bottom left corner under raking light shows the extent of the damage to the icon.

    • Samon icon of Saints Samon, Gurij and Aviv - Process
    • 3. During icon restoration. The same detail of the icon's bottom left corner during treatment. Flaking problem has been consolidated and new gesso fillings have been applied.

    • Russian icon of Saints Samon, Gurij and Aviv - After
    • 4. After icon restoration. The icon has been cleaned from its surface dirt. The new gesso fillings have been retouched, and the painting has been restored. A thin layer of varnish has been applied over the entire surface.