I did this painting 3 years ago in acrylic. Those colors were much brighter than this painting in oils.
with wet on wet colors are mixing when we add highlights and that brings the middle tones in, which are needed to add the volume to the object. I have not tried myself yet about reviving old oil painting but I know it can absorb dirt from the air, especially if in the kitchen or near some place for smoking. It should need the initial cleaning before applying varnish in this case. However I don't know what exactly to use for cleaning.
Also what I heard is that dammar varnish yellows with the time and if this is used as part of the medium for painting it will add yellow tone with time.
In case you decide to varnish go for styrol-acrylic varnish as most modern and that does not yellow. There are some plant-produced varnishes that do not yellow but I do not remember the names.
Great painting by the way!
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Oil can get dull after a while, that is true. I learned (not from own experience!) that some varnishes can relive those colors. Would love to hear from somebody who has experience with that!