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Fine Art Restoration

Fine Art Restoration Description


Before restoration

The general purpose of the fine art restoration and conservation is to help the subject to last into time, and as much as possible to restore its initial aspect.
The role of the fine art restorer is not to make the artwork new, but based on the restoration theory and deontology to bring a balance between the different values of the artifact. A balance between the artistic and historic value. The historic value is proved by all the signs and degradation that leaves the journey into time. A journey that decreases the ability of judging and admiring the artistic value of the artifact. Through the operations of restoration and conservation, the restorer erases a part of these signs and restores some of the degradation, resulting the revealing of the hidden artistic value of the artifact. In the meantime tend to create a base for the stable and safe course of the subject through time, in benefit of the present and future art lovers.

The initial part of the restorer’s work is to exam study the artifact for restoration. Estimate the state of conservation and the reasons of degradation. In a fully equipped laboratory the artifact is examed with a stereoscope. It is photographed with natural lighting, radiant lighting, ultraviolet and infrared radiation, and through several others methods of scientific examination is being clear out whether it has been over painted,   or restored in the past. After collecting all needed data the restorer advances to the operations, keeping in mind the three basic rules of the restoration deontology:

After restoration

The best restoration is the minimum. Operations that can be avoid will not be applied, so that it can be minimized the physical stress for the artifact.
Reversibility. All the materials used in the restoring operations, must be choosed regarding their reversibility. Which means the possibility of taking them off, and turning the artifact into the state before restoration.
The compatibility of the new materials in comparison with the originals is one more important factor that guides the operations, for reasons of mechanical and chemical adhesion.
Based on these rules, can be achieved results of fine art restoration and conservation that respect the artifact, rescuing it, and preserving it in the best possible way.