How are old works of art restored

Restoration & Conservation

Environmental influences
Works of art, paintings and sculptures mostly consist of organic materials that interact with their environment. Above all, air humidity, indoor climate and air pollution can have a negative impact. Damage and aging processes can be minimized or slowed down with simple measures. When working on works of art, the restorer is primarily familiar with two areas of action that he clearly separates. It is the conservation and restoration measures on a work of art.

Conservation
Conservation measures are interventions that are necessary to preserve the substance of a work of art. Of course, these measures should also be carried out by specialists - but conservation can start at home. More on this under care tips.

Conservation measures help you to enjoy the original condition of your work of art for a long time.Not only works of art but also the associated picture frames can be maintained and restored.Our certified restorers use new software solutions and scientific analysis methods.

 restoration

Restoration measures are in the sense of interventions that improve the appearance of the work of art and underline the original artist's intention. There are aesthetic considerations and measures, but they must not be carried out as independent creative-artistic interventions. They are only intended to help interpret the work of art. It is therefore important that such restoration interventions are only carried out by specialists. Non-destructive intervention in the object is particularly important. The restorer does this by examining the components and the history of a work of art. After his investigation, he chooses the appropriate means to bring the object, the artist's intention and the history of the work of art with its traditional patina in the best possible harmony.

All restorations interpret a work of art according to the taste of its time. In the future, aesthetic preferences of our time may be underestimated or new, better restoration techniques may be developed. Therefore the reversibility of the implemented measures is important. Every restoration intervention should be reversible.

Basically, the preservation of a work of art has top priority! The conservation treatment should preserve its "now state", eliminate or contain existing damage and thus prevent further destruction. Only then is the specialist in the restoration treatment allowed to carry out so-called “cosmetic corrections”.

While artisans, artists or church painters used to be responsible for repairs, refreshments and renovations of the works of art, now specialists take care of a professional restoration. Modern restoration is the combination of traditional craft techniques, artistic skills, chemical "know-how" and knowledge of art history. These multidisciplinary skills are taught today by universities in diploma, bachelor and master degree programs with a duration of up to five years.

We are a member of the Association of Restorers, the ICOM (International Council of Museums) and a registered and certified craft business for the preservation of monuments.