Oil, tempera, fresco, enamel... materials and techniques have changed over time, and conservators need a vast amount of knowledge to preserve paintings.
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.
Treating this still life involved reattaching paint, removing and reapplying varnish, and then retouching losses.
This magnificent portrait was recently cleaned for the first time in 60 years. Now, the silver brocade gleams.
Discolored varnish had obscured much of these paintings, but technical examination revealed Gossart’s subtlety.
When Jan van Eyck’s masterpiece started flaking paint, experts convened and drew up a plan for its conservation.