Arthur Brand

Arthur Brand saves Spring Garden

Arthur Brand saves Spring Garden from the underworld! It is thanks to the investigation of the Central Netherlands Regional Unit and Arthur Brand that The Spring Garden, painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1884, is back in the Groninger Museum.  Behind the

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Vincent van Gogh Spring Garden

Since January 2024, I have been researching the painting Spring Garden by Vincent van Gogh. In Dutch ‘Lentetuin’ and Vincent painted it in 1884. It lies in front of me on a table in the depot of the Boijmans van Beuningen museum. Because I have a microscope available there with which I can zoom in to look in detail and take pictures. Continue reading


CROMA atelier for painting conservation

In this post I give a platform to Zoë Sallin, an intern in 2022 in the restoration studio. She started her own studio in France in 2023 under the name CROMA CROMA, acronym of Conservation Restoration of Old and Modern


Jacob Por in the Sint Agathakerk

Jacob Por painted this ceiling mural on the barrel vault of Sint Agathakerk (Agathatsjerke) in Oudega in 1922. It was a time when the Ploeg painters traveled through the Groninger countryside and painted their colourful expressionist paintings around Blauwborgje. It


Roelof Koets II in the Hoogeland Open Air Museum

Family Louis Trip The Hoogeland Open Air Museum has a painting by Roelof Koets II on loan from the Trip Family.  Roelof Koets II painted Louis Trip who, together with his wife Christina, are standing in front of the Warffumborg. In


Michiel de Ruyter

Michiel de Ruyter and Anna van Gelder in the renewed exhibition ‘Go along to the sea’ (‘Ga mee naar Zee’)  by Muzeeum in Vlissingen Michiel de Ruyter and his wife Anna van Gelder were painted ca. 1680 by Ferdinand Bol to show off


Art on the Steamship the Rotterdam

About the restoration of a panel by artist Martinus Schouwman by painting restorer Marjan de Visser on the day of Friends of steamship the Rotterdam on January 22, 2023 in the grand balroom.  When the ship was built, all halls,

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Hendrick ten oever

portraits by Hendrick ten Oever

Women’s portraits by Hendrick ten Oever Ten Oever has certainly also been active in Groningen as a portraitist. In the booklet from 1953 we found portraits of the Groningen nobility. Four of his portraits hang on the r Menkemaborg in

Hendrick ten Oever
hendric ten oever

Hendrick ten Oever

A quest in Groningen This is the first part about the discovery of a painting by Hendrick ten Oever and Gratia Tjarda van Starkenborgh Marjan de Visser and Marya Albrecht restored a painting on behalf of Landgoed Verhildersum . The restoration was made

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Retouching the ceiling painting

IIntroduction  Retouching the ceiling painting is the last part of this project described in four blogs.The owner who bought a beautiful mansion from 1860 in The Hague, felt directly responsible for preserving this ceiling piece in the garden room. The


Lining a ceiling painting

Start of project Lining a ceiling painting after an old wax resin lining has been removed . The owner who bought a beautiful mansion from 1860 in The Hague , felt directly responsible for preserving this ceiling piece in the garden room. The

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Cleaning ceiling painting

Introduction  What preceded cleaning the ceiling painting: The start of the restoration project The owner who bought a beautiful mansion from 1860 in The Hague, felt directly responsible for preserving this ceiling piece in the garden room. The work had

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Virgiel’s painting

The painting at Virgiel La Pasqua di San Marco The painting “La Pasqua de San Marco” from 1935 by professor Huib Luns (1881 – 1942) shows a religious scene of the Easter feast of San Marco. This large painting has


Restoration ceiling painting

Introduction   The owner who bought a beautiful mansion from 1860 in The Hague, felt directly responsible for preserving the ceiling painting in the garden room. Because the work had had a rough life. A missing stretcher frame, cut clamping strips, many tears

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Freelance painting conservators

In addition to Marjan de Visser and interns, other freelance painting conservators work in Restauratieatelier Marjan de Visser . These freelance painting conservators do not have their own studio space. That is why they restore in the studio both on assignments from the studio

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Bob Bonies interview

Interview with artist Bob Bonies on October 29, 2012 The interview was conducted by Marjan de Visser in his home and studio in The Hague. We talked for more than two and a half hours about the use of acrylic paint,


Repentir or Pentimenti, yes repent!

Rijks Museum Repentance! The Rijksmuseum gives a nice explanation of repentir and pentimenti. Another name for such improvements is the French word for repentance: ‘repentir’. Some pentimenti can be seen with the naked eye because the top layer of paint that covered

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varnish removal

Cosmetic varnish removal… an attractive make-up?

what do I see? Sometimes when you look at a painting you slowly get the feeling ‘something isn’t right here’. At least the color balance seems out of balance. The light and dark contrast is also slightly distorted. Perhaps the gloss of the


handmade painting frames

Handmade artisan wood painting frames why a handmade frame? The idea behind the handmade frame is that it forms one beautiful whole with the painting. Brigitte Taal has already made a lot of frames on behalf of Restauratieatelier. Frames have been made for the collection of

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conservation history of the portrait

An exciting lecture about conservation history and the search for the artist.   ABOUT THE PORTRAIT OF GRATIA SUSANNA TJARDA VAN STARKENBORGH BORN CLANt Marjan de Visser and Marya Albrecht look for the conservation history of the portrait. They are