Paintings are physical three-dimensional objects that express a meaning or intent using diverse chemical materials, both organic and inorganic in nature. These complex laminate structures have unique mechanical-physical behaviours and often present chemical alterations over time that change colour and hue as well as affect their durability. The inherent materiality of these fragile artworks can be further altered as artistic style and appreciation shift through different ages providing reinterpretations of the meaning expressed or through past repairs to mitigate damage.
The preservation of these forms of tangible artistic expression ensures that a legacy is handed down to future generations. It is thus essential that those in charge of collections should have a good understanding of a number of key factors in order to best maintain and conserve this typology of cultural heritage. This webinar will provide some basic insights into collection care for paintings; methodologies required for condition checking; examination and documentation techniques to record and diagnose original and non-original materials present; and a guide to handling and the transport of paintings.
This webinar aims to provide professional museum custodians and cultural heritage practitioners with the ability to determine best-practice methodologies for the care and maintenance of paintings. In conclusion, the participant will be able find resources to identify risks and hazards and manage alternative practices to mitigate these in terms of environment, display, storage and preservation.