Venice Housing Project

Final preparations: sheet XVI/9

 

XVI/9 after treatment, front

XVI/9 after treatment, back Enlarge image

XVI/9 after treatment, front
Andrea Palladio (c.1550s)
RIBA Library Drawings Collection

XVI/9 after treatment, back

XVI/9 after treatment, back Enlarge image

XVI/9 after treatment, back
Andrea Palladio (c.1550s)
RIBA Library Drawings Collection

Once removed from the secondary support, sheet XVI/9 had to be humidified in order to reduce all the undulations.

These had occurred due to the original support being far too heavy and the adhesive being too wet and liberally applied, as was the case with sheet X/18.

Although the undulations and ripples in the drawing were heavy, paper reacts less than parchment to environmental conditions and so the condition was not as bad as it might have been.

A new J.P inlay paper was chosen and pared. The object was adhered to the inlay using wheat starch paste and pressed prior to mounting. The weight of the support paper or inlay should never exceed that of the drawing as distortions will occur, as shown in the images of XVI/9 prior to treatment. Ideally they should complement the drawing in weight and colour.

Sheet XVI/9 was to be displayed in the Palladio 500 exhibition showing images on both sides of the paper. A double aperture deep mount and frame was used to make this possible. However, this method of display and framing does make the drawing vulnerable to damage through vibration whilst in transit.