The Virgin of the Rosary
Oil painting restoration by Richard Cecil Schletty
The linen-on-board oil painting had long cracks and a hole 2 inches in diameter which had been filled in with white plaster. The entire painting was covered with tenacious layers of soot and shellac. The artwork had to be overpainted due to the irreparable staining. Mr. Schletty’s restoration (far right picture) endeavors to be faithful to the original Murillo painting with its illuminated faces, flowing garments and bright colors.
The Murillo painting is also referred to as “The Madonna of the Rosary” and in 2018 was the property of the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, England.