Facelifts & Make-overs - stories from our conservation studio
While treating this painting in 2011, conservator Sabrina Meloni made a remarkable discovery: Jan Steen had used the panel before! Today you see an image of a quack doctor and a young woman. She is not really ill, other than suffering from lovesickness. The layout of Steen’s earlier depiction, with people on the terrace of an inn, can be seen in the middle of this room, where research techniques are explained.