Research topic: Painting conservation

The conservation of museum objects and our cultural heritage requires an ability to understand, record and address past, present and future changes in an object's condition.

Painting conservators study moveable paintings and moveable painted sculptures and the materials and techniques originally used to create them, as well as ways in which the paintings and sculptures change and deteriorate over time and the methods that may be used to preserve them. Such paintings and sculptures, to which may be attributed either one or several cultural historical values, may have been created at any time from prehistory until the present day and for a multiplicity of purposes.

In order to preserve these painted objects it is necessary to understand their chemical and physical composition as well as their appearance, significance, history, condition and environment. To achieve this we employ and develop research methods that draw on both the sciences and the humanities.

These results enable us to suggest how to treat the objects and the best climatic conditions in which to keep them. They may also be applied to argue in favour of one or more of the three most important conservation interventions:

  • Structural treatment
  • Cleaning
  • Visual reintegration (varnishing and retouching)

We also study, test and further develop traditional and new methods and materials for conserving objects.

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Published Feb. 5, 2013 11:20 AM - Last modified Nov. 29, 2017 1:40 PM