What does the Mona Lisa have in common with great-grandmamma?


If you have been lucky enough to obtain an original Mona Lisa or you have a precious antique photograph of your beloved great-grandma, you will certainly not want this emotionally or financially valuable article to lose its value because of a lack of correct treatment.
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Who cares what happens after I go

Through hundreds of years of recorded creative art, painters were very careful to ensure the technical facet of their work, because they recognized that this would prevent rapid deterioration of the quality of their works.

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To varnish or not to varnish - that’s the question

The varnish – a type of coating (lacquer) is used to protect oil paintings and paintings in other techniques. Almost no one who would envisage hanging an aquarelle painting in their home without accommodating it safely behind glass.

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Kill the Messenger

The following is a quotation from the article “Kill the Messenger” written and publicized by the publicist Yehuda Drori on 5th January 2003
"In the ancient world when a messenger brought bad news to the king, he would be killed.
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Lithographs and prints solely for the wealthy!

Do you think that lithographs constitute art for the poor?
In the Israeli art market (yes there really is such a market, exactly like the Mahane Yehuda fruit and vegetable market)

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What can we (the clients) expect from a conservative or restorative process?

All the beauty and fun in our work as restorers and conservators of works of art, derives from the fact that there are no two identical compositions, each work has its own story, each product has its own special needs, so that the expected results of the restorative process can only be estimated approximately and the final result is determined during the conservation work.
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Why are you bothering me with ethics, I want the painting to look antique!

In 1851, the famous French restorer, Horsin Deon described conservation policy in the Louvre, Paris:
I understand that the romantic amateur, who likes the “rust”, obfuscation and mold of old varnish uses it as a curtain behind which he can imagine what he wants to see. … [while]I can distinguish a work of excellence beneath the squalid crust.…
But here in the museum (in the Louvre), the highest quality museum in the world, the paintings need to look clean and full of light, and they are exhibited exposed and open.

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Who are we Kidding?

When you are offered an artwork described as “oil on paper laid on canvas”, you should know that this is a code for conservative disaster, which to my regret is prevalent in our region.
The motivation for use of this technique is of course (as you probably guessed) financial.
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Killing one painting at a time

An oil painting by Franz Zoller (1748-1829) was brought to us for examination

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What is the value of conservation?

Socratic dialogue on the Value of Conservation at the AIC Annual Meeting (Indianapolis, IN, May 29 - June 1, 2013)
We would like to bring your attention to the Discussion Session at AIC Annual Meeting (Indianapolis, IN, May 29 - June 1, 2013) 
“What is Value? - A Socratic Dialogue”, to be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 2 to 4 PM.
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A team of twelve restorers inspect the "Isenheim Altarpiece" at the Unterlinden museum

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Resolution 7: Clarification of Conservation Terminology

ICOM –international council of museums

25th General Assembly of ICOM
Shanghai, China, 2010

Resolution 7: Clarification of Conservation Terminology

The General Assembly welcomes and endorses the clarification and definition of conservation terminology including “preventive conservation”, “remedial conservation” and “restoration” as the preferred terms characterizing the various forms of action to conserve tangible cultural heritage which were adopted by ICOM-CC at its 15th Triennial Conference in New Delhi 22-26 September 2008. The terms are defined as follows:

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