Collection Materials Archives: Paintings

Caring For Your Paintings

Caring For Your Paintings Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute A traditional painting is constructed, in order from bottom to top, of the support, ground, paint, and coating. The majority of paintings are on either fabric or a wooden panel.

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Care of Acrylic Paintings

Care of Acrylic Paintings Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Acrylic paintings now make up a significant part of the permanent collections of museums and art galleries. Artists’ acrylic paint was introduced in the 1950s and since then has dominated the arts and crafts market. In addition, it has been accepted by artists as a viable […]

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Does My Painting Need to Be Cleaned?

Does My Painting Need to Be Cleaned? Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Taking care of your paintings is delicate and complex. As paintings age, the appearance of the image changes not only because of accumulated dirt, but also because aging itself can alter the materials that make up the image. Methods of removing dirt and […]

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Painting Varnishes

Painting Varnishes Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute The varnish layer plays a dual role: it has and effect on the final appearance of the painting and also serves as a protective coating for the paint surface.

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What Makes The Painting Image Change?

What Makes The Painting Image Change? Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute After you have owned a painting for a while, you may begin to notice that the image longer appears as clear or sharp as you remember. If the painting has been properly handled and displayed then the changes are probably due to the natural […]

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CCI Notes 10/13 Basic Handling of Paintings

Basic Handling of Paintings (CCI Notes 10/13) Source: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) One fundamental aspect of a painting’s well-being is its safe handling. Proper handling is essential to its preservation and is the result of a professional attitude that promotes the safety of the artifact.

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CCI Notes 10/16 Wrapping a Painting

Wrapping a Painting CCI Notes 10/16 Source: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Wrapping a painting can provide important physical protection while helping isolate it from short-term humidity fluctuations, whether it is taken on a local journey by hand or packaged further for shipment.

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