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Art Conservation: Emperor Herman

Emperor Herman. c. 1905 C. 
Oil on Canvas
by Anton Gag, 36" x 48"

New Ulm Museum, New Ulm, MN

Emperor Hermann painting was created by the famous New Ulm artist and photographer Anton Gag in honor of the dedication of the Hermann Monument in 1897. Depicting Hermann of Cherusci atop a horse, the painting serves as a reminder of New Ulm’s Germanic heritage. It was executed with oil paint on gessoed thin cotton canvas.

Rediscovered after being forgotten for almost 100 years in the basement of Hermann Monument, the painting shows the ravages of time, frost, heat, and humidity. The climate variations caused extreme stress, the thin cloth canvas weakened and the paint layers cracked and curled. The painting presents also tears and large areas of missing gesso and paint.



Before Treatment - view under direct light



Before Treatment - view under tangential light - detail



Before Treatment - view under tangential light - detail




After Treatment



After Treatment - detail




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