Art Restoration Techniques:

Good art never dies. You can take measures to keep an artwork in its best condition but no matter how hard you try it would lose its quality over time.

By ‘quality’ we mean the canvas, paint and other materials used in the paintings. Same is the case with sculptures and historical furniture. However, art restoration specialists are there to help when there is restoration required on paintings, sculptures and so on. Art restoration specialists restore paintings in a step by step manner which goes like this:

Art RestorationBasics: The Process of Cleaning the Canvas

The first step of restoring sculptures and paintings is the cleaning process. Dust and moist not only makes the paintings look faded but they also stick to the artwork and ruin its quality. Restoration experts carefully remove the grease and accumulations of smoke and mold as well as the basic dirt so that they can get back all of the original details of the painting. They use various solvents to dissolve the dust and grime and remove the unwanted layers off the painting.

Re-doing: Bringing back the Art to life

The spots where paint is dampened means that similar colors and textured paint strokes are applied. Also, cracked canvas/frame, melted/dried paint and other areas of the painting are taken care of in order to bring the painting back to life. To fill up the torn canvases, restoration specialists use various kinds of materials which include sanding and repainting accessories.

The Controversy

Art restoration has been helping museums and artists for years and years. However, the art restoration subject is not free of controversies. Many art historians believe that art restoration makes changes to the original piece. However, others find great benefits even in the risk of giving paintings or other types of artwork into restoration labs or to individual restoration experts.

relectographyBreakthroughs: Use of Reflectography and Ultraviolet Imaging

Today, restoration specialists also use the latest infrared reflectography and ultraviolet (UV) imaging to restore art. This technology is used to get the work done in a better and easier manner. However, this also brings certain amount of risks of destroying the artwork during the whole process. The infrared reflectography and ultraviolet helps the experts see the paint beneath the layers to reveal the original structure of picture for bringing out subsequent changes to it.

Many restoration experts are reached by the museums or art exhibition organizers to restore the art they want to display, while many experts fix their own antique oil paintings for sale so that they gain even more profit.


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