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In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view.  The image may not be what's going on, but it's representative.

Annie Leibowitz

Everytime I paint a portrait I lose a friend.

John Singer Sargent
Cleaning is the heart and soul of conservation.  The top layers of darkened varnish as well as atmospheric grime from wood smoke or furnaces needs to be removed without disturbing the original paint below.  A delicate touch a knowledge of different solvents is essential.  See examples below of before and after photographs!
This painting is half-clean.