The American newspaper The New York Times published an article on the recent work of restoration and preservation of five craftsmen to the statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman, which is located in Grand Army Plaza, Manhattan (NY).
At the end of August, they had painstakingly covered every bump, hump, appendage and protuberance in the heroic equestrian statue of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman by Augustus Saint-Gaudens with 1,200 square feet of 23.75-karat gold leaf. That left the 110-year-old sculpture as breathtakingly brilliant as a newly struck proof coin. But then they came back to tone the whole thing down with a glaze of burnt sienna, burnt umber and lamp black pigments. The glaze was darker than muddy espresso as the gilders brushed it on to the sculpture’s undulating surfaces, stippled it into the pores and crevices of the bronze and wiped it gently away with rags.
Read the article: How to improve a statue that’s been made to dazzle? Tone It down.