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Art Conservation (02:17)


Environmental and human factors deteriorate and damage art. Scientific advancements help the field of art conservation, which preserves art without adding anything external or foreign.

Art Preservation Facilities (04:54)

Only a fraction of the world's art in on display in museums; the majority is stored and protected for commercial value. Technological advancements in art restoration create the need for centers. The Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute uses scientific equipment specially made for art preservation.

Restoration Treatment Options (04:21)

The curator decides the method of restoration. Some works are preserved for decorative or commercial value; others for religious, cultural, or historical value. X-rays can show what is hidden beneath a work of art. The Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute's radiology department provides important information to restorers.

Art Cleaning Methods (04:02)

There are many new methods restorers can use to clean heritage or historical pieces without harm. Steam jets, lasers, and ultrasound technology has been adapted from other scientific uses.

Role of Art Restorers (03:58)

Restorers are encouraged to know and seek out the best scientific information for preserving artwork to avoid causing damage. Only a small paint sample is necessary to determine chemical properties. Detailed analysis plans are created to guide the restoration process.

Revealing the Creative Process (04:05)

X-rays of artwork can reveal the painter's process and what elements were done by an apprentice. The Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute learns more about a series of Francisco Zurbaran paintings.

Contemporary Art Restoration (07:03)

Restoration has a set of guidelines and principles. Institutes, such as the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, respond on a case-by-case basis, depending on materials used. Contemporary art restorers have the advantage of speaking directly to the artist or their families.

Artists' View on Restoration (01:34)

Some artists work closely with restorers and provide all the necessary information. Others are reluctant to have their art preserved by restorers.

Anthropological Restoration (05:53)

Anthropological museums have a variety of items with historical and cultural relevance. As with art, the items must be preserved and restored. Numerous problems and needs arise with restoring fabric.

Modern Technology Restoration (06:45)

Many anthropological museums include pieces of modern technology, such as early television sets. Early film was recorded on celluloid and nitrates, which are difficult to maintain and preserve.

Museum Curation (04:50)

Art curators must consider numerous factors when organizing a museum. Engineering and architectural studies are conducted on buildings before they can be turned into museums. Works are kept in advanced cases to protect them from environmental factors.

Credits: Revealing Our Memory - The Art of Preserving Art (00:55)

Credits: Revealing Our Memory - The Art of Preserving Art

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The environment and the slow passage of time make objects and artistic materials vulnerable to deterioration, but we have developed techniques to stop the damage. With the help of technological advances and technical processes, art conservation has grown over the last century. Conservators analyze pigments, glazes, glues, and materials in order to preserve them through a range of preventive and curative treatments. The conservator’s determination to preserve and recover the colors and forms of the past attests to, and protects our collective memory itself.

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL169047

ISBN: 978-1-64481-762-9

Copyright date: ©2009

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