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An excessively shiny surface

I have a painting that is touch-dry and the paint was applied thickly, for effect.  It's a very dark painting.  The whole surface is glossy and highly reflective.  So much that I can't photograph it.  I can barely even see it properly in a lit room.  No amount of natural light, diffuse light, or very low light will allow me to get a good photo.  With the bumpy surface, no arrangement of lights seems to help.  It's a challenge.

My thoughts are that I should ignore all this, let it dry completely, and varnish it with a matte varnish to kill a lot of the reflections.  Is that thinking correct?  Perhaps there are other approaches.

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