SPAC Painting

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Art Conservation

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Botched Fresco restoration

I. First, is an example of painting and frame restoration – before and after (photo credit Oliver Brothers Fine Art Restoration Boston). For an overall understanding on the topic of Art Conservation visit:

II. And then, an example of when the restoration goes a little awry. Here’s Stephen Colbert with the story.

III. The Getty Conservation Institute: Watch Video: The Conservation of Modern Paints; and See the complete list of videos highlighting aspects of The Getty Conservation Institute projects. 

IV. MOMA: Visit MOMA’s  The Department of Conservation to learn about  Monet’s method for layering paint in, Waterlilies. “The color and texture that we see in the finished painting were developed by the application of many layers of paint. The microscopic cross-section below, contain approximately ten layers of paint…”.


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The Color of Art Pigment Database is a valuable reference for all artists working with color, and it is the the most complete pigment resource with color index names available for free. This collection of pigment information is an indispensable resource for all artists and art conservators interested in art restoration or making permanent works of art. Whether an artist uses oil paints, watercolor or acyclic, knowing the pigments and their properties is essential for all the visual arts from oil painting, watercolors or acrylics, to printing, and indeed, any craft or art that uses color. Artists interested in making paint in the studio should find this information useful too.


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