Restoring Fine Art to its Former Glory

Restoring art can be nearly as problematic as cleaning it or keeping it from needing to be restored in the first place. For a truly valuable or iconic piece like The Mona Lisa the restoration or care of the painting is a difficult process. There is much that goes into keeping the piece looking new or at least fairly new.

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The restoration of art could include touching up paints, taking off yellowed varnish, or removing graffiti or other such damages that are plainly visible. Experts in the practice of art restoration will say that their job requires a good degree of skill. They must be able to manage many different types of art mediums from oil paintings to clay sculptures. They must ultimately be able to match the artistic style and technique of the artist whose work they are restoring for example the use of Giclee on canvas in Pino artwork. This skill alone is hard to master due to the fact that artists spend years developing their techniques and styles.

It is a testament to the incredible skill required for such work that there are only around twenty art restorers in America. Art restorers are often so good at what they do that owners can rarely see where the restorer's work begins and the artist's end.

Also, some restorers may have stronger skills when it comes to certain types of damages. An owner may find that one restorer is better at removing natural damage while another may be better at restoring pieces damaged by smoke or water. Whatever the damage may be, many restorers are capable not only of fixing it but making it seem like it never happened at all.

Art restorers are also required to know an incredible amount of art history as well as keeping on track with modern, developing styles and materials. Restorers work hard to match the original artist exactly. From the way they originally swished their brush across the canvas to the exact shade of the paint they used, the restorer takes pride in the fact that their work is never seen. They also are required to know a vast amount of styles and how to age paint or pastels in order to match the age of the original work.

There is also the matter of modern technology. Art restorers are constantly coming up with gadgets that can help them with their work. There is not a restorer out there who does not wish to have the perfect piece of work-they are artists themselves after all. Mixing chemicals lets them remove certain kinds of paint but they must always know what will happen before they do it. Certain sculpting tools have different kinds of precision, purposes, and movements and they must know each tool.

People who make careers out of art restoration are not only extremely talented themselves but have an eye for detail that most people could be envious of. An art restorer must always be on top of their technique and their field. Because it is such a difficult field of work it is not recommended that an owner does their own restoration unless highly skilled themselves. Always consult an expert with this type of work.

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