About art conservation

 

Art conservation is the modern descendant of restoration. Art conservation today includes repairing damages, increasing the long term stability, and mediating the signs of age in an artwork. Skillful conservation will improve both the appearance and longevity of works of art. 

 

Art conservators are expected to abide by a code of ethics that includes preserving the original intent and materials of the artwork; documenting all changes; and making any treatments as reversible as possible. Part of the code of ethics includes knowing your limitations: conservators should only undertake work that they have the knowledge and experience to do well.  (code of ethics)

 

Typically, an art conservator will specialize in one medium, such as paper, paintings, or archaeological objects. Although there are certain similarities across disciplines, different types of objects have specific needs that require a great deal of training and practice to treat successfully.

 

 

heather@careofpaper.com               610.543.2826

heather@careofpaper.com               610.543.2826