Transposition

Transposition

The practice, which appeared in Europe in the eighteenth century, consists in eliminating the original support of a painting and replacing it with a new support. The wood of a painted panel is pared or planed down to the preparation of the paint layer, and the picture is then attached to anew support of wood, canvas or some other material, or the original canvas of an easel painting is replaced with a new one, or with a wooden support. This effectively mutilates the work and the practice is rarely undertaken today.