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Do they believe that highly skilled conservators work for minimum wage?

Much has been written in the past few days about the fact that a Spanish furniture restorer who was hired to restore a contemporary 17 th century copy of the “Immaculate Conception” by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (the original is in the Prado) ruined it. And in the public press, much has been...

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How many conservators when asked what they do, would answer “piece history back together”?

Francesca Fontana’s profile of objects conservator Steve Tatti in the December 14-15, 2019 issue of The Wall Street Journal (“ Piecing History Back Together ”) nicely explains his work to the public, but brings to the fore the fact that conservators’ incomes are often lower than they should be...

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If you’re going to make a replica, it’s very helpful to have exact measurements.

On Tuesday September 24, 2019, two articles of conservation interest appeared in the general press. In The Wall Street Journal, Lindsay Cook wrote about two laser scans of Notre Dame Cathedral made by Vassar College architectural historian Andrew Tallon in 2010 and 2012 which will be used to...

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If real thieves followed this advice, there would be less conservation work to do when stolen paintings are recovered

In advance of the release of the film, “The Goldfinch”( which tells the adventures of Carel Fabritus’ famous painting after it is stolen from the Metropolitan Museum), the September issue of Town and Country magazine (“Out & About: How to Steal a Masterpiece”, by Adam Rathe) provides ...

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Whether conservation work receives government funding is seldom based on a straightforward consideration of need

According to Celestine Bohlen writing in the July 16, 2019 issue of The New York Times (“ Restoring an Ancient Church, and Perhaps a Nation’s Identity ”), the frescoes in the church of St. George in Kurbinova, North Macedonia, internationally recognized as a monument of late Byzantine art but...

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Just imagine what that sum of money could have done if it had been donated for risk management and preventive conservation programs

According to an article by Vanessa Friedman in the April 17, 2019 issue of The New York Times (“ Luxury Industry Steps Up for Restoration Aid ”), by Tuesday April 16 th , more than 600 million Euros (about $675 million) had been pledged by LVMH, Kering and other luxury goods companies towards...

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