Caring for Fine Art Paintings

Some artists really care about maintaining fine art collections in order to maintain and maintain their collections, not many people know how important it is to take care of works which are sometimes judged from an aesthetic point of view and an art appraisers. is a layman and wrestles in […]


Some artists really care about maintaining fine art collections in order to maintain and maintain their collections, not many people know how important it is to take care of works which are sometimes judged from an aesthetic point of view and an art appraisers. is a layman and wrestles in the world of art, you must try and understand about treatments, such as maintenance of musical instrument paintings, photos or decorations that you have documented. Everything you need including the following activities:

Good Storage

Most of the artworks in the Gallery collection are placed in storage rooms that meet the requirements for storing artworks because the storage rooms are equipped with AC machines, air-conditioning devices, wooden cabinets, sliding panels, wire panels. and wood panels, and also equipped with an alarm system as a means of security. Many people deliberately or seek profit by stealing it, this is a very detrimental crime because it is the theft of works of art which we ourselves also understand if a work of art is prone to damage if there is forced or violent theft.


Documenting work

Documentation is done in the form of Documentation Records and Visual Documentation which includes documentation of activities, documentation of publishing and documentation of collections.
Documenting the Gallery collection is done by recording data and detailed information from each collection (collection inventory), making photos / slides for each collection, cataloging collections, databases and CD-Roms. You have to prepare the right storage area for maximum results from this process.


Conservation and Restoration

The maintenance or conservation of works of art in the Gallery collection is carried out through efforts to overcome the possibility of damage to the collection, either through preventive maintenance or special treatment (treatment) of damaged collections.
In terms of light maintenance (instant conservation) and simple repairs (instant restoration) it is done by cleaning dust and dirt or replacing the spanram and frames, but for special handling especially for physically, biotic and chemically damaged collections it is carried out. with the principles of conservation and restoration in a professional manner. The National Gallery of Indonesia has a Team of Experts (Restorator / Conservator) and a laboratory room with relatively adequate equipment.

Conservation and Restoration Process

The general condition of the objects that have not been restored is as follows

1. Dirty, lots of dust stuck to it;
2. Old lacquer has turned yellow;
3. A lot of paint on the right and bottom is peeling off;
4. The edges of the canvas are a little brittle;
5. The nails and stars for attaching the canvas to the rusted spanram will damage the canvas.



The condition of the object that has been recovered

1. Clean by dry technique (Vacuum cleaner, brush, etc.):
2. Reinforce the canvas and paint structure with PVA sole;
3. Clean the dirt and yellowish varnish with solvents: turpentine, alcohol and white spirit;
4. Patching the edges of the perforated canvas with Beva linen and film adhesive;
5. Put the canvas back on the Spanram;
6. Attach the perforated part of the canvas followed by removing the paint;
7. Revarnation.

It is necessary from us if we are just pioneering in the field of art to know what is meant by fine art, as described by wikipedia.org/wiki/Fine art, more or less depending on what we need to apply to maintain and preserve our artwork.

Robert G. Mull

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