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Transformation Through
Restoration: The Work of Art
Conservators
JEREMY CASSON
2
The Work of Art
Conservators
TRANSFORMATION THROUGH RESTORATION:
In the recent restoration of an important Paisley artwork by William
Barr, conservators were required to undertake a challenging cleaning
process, as well as painstaking retouching work. The frame also need-
ed treatment, which involved a complex and extensive reconstruction
of damaged and lost mouldings.
3
THE ROLE OF ART
CONSERVATORS
Art conservators analyse and restore a
variety of art objects and artefacts, with
the aim of preserving them for years
to come. Their work involves restoring,
repairing and preserving artwork, and
conservators will often specialise in a
specific material or type of artwork.
As well as undertaking work on a piece
of art, conservators typically take pho-
tos of art objects for documentation
purposes, recommend preservation
procedures and provide estimates of
restoration costs.
FIELDS OF CONSERVATION
There are many different areas of con-
servation, each requiring a unique skill
set. These include easel painting con-
servation, wall painting conservation,
stained glass conservation, stone con-
servation and built heritage conserva-
tion. Each necessitates different pres-
ervation methods and approaches to
restoration or cleaning work.
WHAT SKILLS DOES AN ART
CONSERVATOR NEED?
Art conservators require attention
to detail, artistic judgement, steady
hands and strength. In terms of the
latter, this is due to the need for
art conservators to potentially car-
ry heavy art objects and artefacts
around throughout the course of
their workday.
For more information about this topic, visit the
blog of Jeremy Casson.

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Transformation Through Restoration: The Work of Art Conservators

  • 1. Transformation Through Restoration: The Work of Art Conservators JEREMY CASSON
  • 2. 2 The Work of Art Conservators TRANSFORMATION THROUGH RESTORATION: In the recent restoration of an important Paisley artwork by William Barr, conservators were required to undertake a challenging cleaning process, as well as painstaking retouching work. The frame also need- ed treatment, which involved a complex and extensive reconstruction of damaged and lost mouldings.
  • 3. 3 THE ROLE OF ART CONSERVATORS Art conservators analyse and restore a variety of art objects and artefacts, with the aim of preserving them for years to come. Their work involves restoring, repairing and preserving artwork, and conservators will often specialise in a specific material or type of artwork. As well as undertaking work on a piece of art, conservators typically take pho- tos of art objects for documentation purposes, recommend preservation procedures and provide estimates of restoration costs. FIELDS OF CONSERVATION There are many different areas of con- servation, each requiring a unique skill set. These include easel painting con- servation, wall painting conservation, stained glass conservation, stone con- servation and built heritage conserva- tion. Each necessitates different pres- ervation methods and approaches to restoration or cleaning work. WHAT SKILLS DOES AN ART CONSERVATOR NEED? Art conservators require attention to detail, artistic judgement, steady hands and strength. In terms of the latter, this is due to the need for art conservators to potentially car- ry heavy art objects and artefacts around throughout the course of their workday.
  • 4. For more information about this topic, visit the blog of Jeremy Casson.