Oil, tempera, fresco, enamel... materials and techniques have changed over time, and conservators need a vast amount of knowledge to preserve paintings.
Follow the conservation treatment and research of “Emblem of Folly,” a painting from colonial Cuzco. Committed study of these works can help create a better understanding of Latinx cultural identity and history.
The earliest known signed work by Jacob van Walscapelle undergoes thorough conservation work at the V&A, including reattaching paint flakes, removing discoloured varnish, and applying new varnish
Find out how the V&A investigates and analyzes the miniatures in order to understand more about what they were made of, when they were made, and how to conserve them.
Learn how early Renaissance artists made panel paintings from scratch.
This portrait was in good condition. Thanks to the removal of varnish and overpainting, it’s now cleaner than ever.
A three-hundred year old painting required a lot of attention before it was ready for visitors to experience in the gallery.
A restorer’s job is to make sense of a painting’s physical history and to stabilize its changeable materials.
What happens when a painting is vandalized? See how conservators at Tate leapt into action to save a painting.
The three versions of this bedroom scene may look similar, but technical analysis reveals differences between them.
Raking light reveals bulges and creases in a canvas, as well as the dynamism of van Gogh’s brushstrokes.
Watch as a conservator removes decades-old varnish from a van Gogh landscape. Look at those stunning colors!
This painting took months of cleaning and structural work to revive—and posed several conservation challenges.