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					What Exactly is Art Conservation?
Many know peripherally what art conservation is, but rarely take a peek
into the field to really explore why it's important and how it adds to
your daily lives. Here, we will examine what art conservation is, and why
art conservation is a highly regarded profession.
Art Conservation Defined
Art conservation is the profession that is dedicated to preserving the
cultural gems of the world today, for the enjoyment of future
generations. Can you imagine Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa disintegrating
before your eyes? Or, van Gogh's The Starry Night being destroyed due to
pollution? Or Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon ceasing to exist due to
extreme light?
Art conservationists prevent all of these things from happening to the
world's most precious cultural treasures, as well as your family
heirlooms.
Art Conservation: The World's Most Precious Cultural Treasures are Always
in Danger
Cultural treasures like the ones mentioned above are in constant danger
from naturally occurring environmental factors like extreme heat and
cold, humidity, chemical pollutants and excessive light, to name a few.
Furthermore, there are man-made threats, eg, accidental damage and poor
handling practices. Art conservationists are trained professionals who
know to not only prevent environmental factors from destroying these
priceless gems, but who know how to handle them to prevent even
accidental damage.
Why Art Conservation Is a Highly Regarded Profession
Art conservation is a highly regarded profession for the following
reasons:
Ruled by Ethics: Art conservationists have an applied ethics standard
that they must adhere to. These ethical standards have been adopted
worldwide, with written guidelines established nationally and
internationally across many spectrums of the art world.
For example, there are codes of ethics that apply to museums, art
conservators, institutions that borrow art for exhibition, etc. To learn
more about applied ethics as they relate to art conservation, visit Art-
Care.com.
Many Areas of Specialty: Art conservation is not a one-dimensional
profession, which makes it so exciting. If you have a passion for all
things old and want to carve out a career as an art conservationist,
there's a niche for you.
Careers in Art Conservation
Some of the niches in art conservation are as follows:
Photograph Conservation: This is the study of how to preserve
photographic material. In this discipline, you are required to know how
photographs are developed and how to prevent their deterioration.
Furniture Conservation: The perfect career for a lover of antique
furniture.
Textile Conservation: Have an interest in preserving old quilts, wall
hangings and other textile art for years gone past? Textile conservation
is a rewarding career for you.
These niches are just the tip of the iceberg. Some others to consider are
book and paper conservation, digital object conservation, frame
conservation and more.
When most think of art conservation, they think of paintings by masters
like the ones mentioned above. However, the field is rich and varied, and
offers a host of exciting careers for anyone interested in preserving the
past for the future.
Have old oil paintings, pastels, prints, photographs, furniture and/or
jewelry sitting around? You could be sitting on a fortune and not know
it. Art-Care.com is a community of art conservators, art appraisers and
other art professionals. Find an expert, industry-certified art appraiser
to tell you its value at Art-Care.com. We provide an extensive list of
highly regarded professionals in many fields - all for free.

				
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