Conservation -- 8
We could do nothing to bring back the original polished surfaces without altering the form of the sculpture; therefore, the "sugary" surfaces remain visible. Poulticing -- the application of a wet material that absorbs dirt in the drying process -- drew out much of the blue stain. We also discovered that if the last remnants of the paint were totally stripped off, more of the marble surface would be removed; consequently, some paint was left for consolidation purposes.
The colored, missing features, as seen in this photograph, were replicated using synthetic resin and crushed marble, made to simulate the weathered texture of the rest of the statue. All of the reconstructed areas may be reversed in the future if desirable.