"A Woman Holding a Balance" (orig. title: "De Dame met de Weegschaal"), ca.1663

by Johannes Vermeer - a restoration sample

To demonstrate the results, a fragment of the woman's face pictured on the painting is shown here. The restoration technique used here was to add into the painting very small dabs of the colour matching the original. The background in this fragment (a painting-in-a-painting of the Last Judgment) has undergone recovery treatment with digital brush strokes leaving visible strands.

Before restoration
After restoration
Original fragment of the painting   Restored fragment of the painting