With proper care, paintings can hold beauty for years

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Part 2 of 3 – Paintings are perhaps the most common type of artwork. In addition to their obvious aesthetic value, many are culturally significant because of historical or sentimental value. No matter what the importance, caring for your paintings can preserve them for you to enjoy for years to come. And if a painting is damaged, all is not necessarily lost. Restoration and conservation treatment may be able to restore paintings to beauty.


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What’s happening to my paintings?

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Part 1 of 3 – Paintings can be protected to some extent from the effects of normal aging by good preventative conservation measures and from physical damage by good hanging, handling and storage procedures. However, time transforms most paintings in one way or another.


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Photo cleaning and care – solving common problems

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Part 2 of 2 – Proper handling can prevent some damage to photographs. Clean, white cotton gloves should be worn while handling photographs. Oils from hands, lotions and other sources can mark the image’s surface and may not be reversible. Never use ink to mark photographs or enclosures. Instead, use a soft lead pencil on the reverse side of the photo.


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