Rembrandt van Rijn, Abraham and Isaac

Abraham and Isaac,
during treatment

This impression of Rembrandt’s etching, Abraham and Isaac, came into the
studio after having been stored in a basement. High humidity levels and
warm temperatures had created conditions which fostered mold. A heavy
coat of “fuzz” covered the surface of the print and there was extensive
associated discoloration.

The print, which turned out to be mounted onto an 18th-century album
page was completely affixed into a mat using double-sided tape. The mat
was disassembled and the print released. The print, still attached to the
album page was immersed in an aqueous bath and light bleached to
reduce the staining and kill the mold.

Abraham and Isaac,
after treatment


Photo Credits: Mark Stevenson


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