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Conservation of the Mystic Marriage Completed

After several months of conservation work on The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria with Saint Apollonia is now completed and looking better than ever.

The painting has gone through various stages of cleaning, consolidating, conserving, careful moving St Appolonia's faceand wrapping to now be seen in it’s original glory.

Throughout this project visitors to the Palace have been able to see conservation work in action in the Chapel Royal and ask questions which had visitors coming back again and again to see how the work was progressing.

489 visitors from all over the world also left comments in our book:

“Excellent idea to be able to see expertise at work on site. Well done and thank you”

“Very impressive-very well explained”

“Fascinating and inspiring to learn that such restoration skills still exist in the 21st century!”

“Friendly and knowledgeable guide, thank you!”

“I’ll be back”

“Awesome visit loved it here can’t wait to come back!”

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The painting was first seen hung in it’s original place at the end of the Tapestry Gallery at our Christmas Weekend, surrounded by Christmas trees which was truly magical.

Wendy, Geri, Aisha and the rest of the team at Falkland Palace and Gardens would like to say a big thank you to everyone who made this project possible; Henry Matthews, Gail Egan, Julie Bon, Alistair Smith, Jane Batty, T&S and the volunteers at the Palace.

Day 45- Whole Again

The project is now in it’s 6th week and the team are entering the next phase of conservation.

The painting was recently turned on it’s face and Gail and Henry have been working on the woodworm damage on the back of the painting, which they have now completed.

Painting turned

The painting is now face up and visitors can see up close the cracks that have occurred in the wooden panel over the last 500 years.

Gail and Henry are filling these cracks with a special plaster just below the surface of the painting so as not to lose any of the original paintwork.


Some of the edges of the painting have also been filled with the plaster as the woodworm damage has been particularly savage along the grain here.

Now that the painting is cleaned and one solid, smooth surface a hint of how magnificent this painting will look once the project is completed is starting to show.

The next stage will be to sit the painting upright against it’s special designed supports and to work on the re-touching of the plaster work.