Conservation of art involves conducting procedures to preserve works of art by stabilizing deteriorating materials and restoring the work to its original appearance. All restoration should be discernable on close examination with the aid of different light sources. Occasionally, visible or differentiated restoration techniques are used to clearly mark the treated area.
Why do relatively recent modern and contemporary artworks need to be restored?
Due to application of unconventional techniques, recent works of art might be more prone to deterioration and damage than traditional works. Furthermore, the use of incompatible materials in the production of an artwork may accelerate deterioration.
Is there always a correct answer to every problem in conservation?
There may be numerous ways of conservation according to the context of the artwork. Esthetic and moral values may change with time and may influence the choices made by conservators. Advances in the development of conservation tools and methods may also affect the direction of the treatment.
Are artworks restored once, never re-restored?
Materials age with time and restored artworks may need to be re-treated as other damage might occur anew and older restorations might have deteriorated. For this reason, conservation treatments are executed with materials that can be removed without damaging the original work.