Time dispenses a multitude of contaminates to artwork: pollution, grime, yellowed varnish, and even vandalism.
Conserving a work of art requires stabilization, cleaning and repair to ensure it remains part of our culture for centuries to come. Often, this is an extremely meticulous process, requiring precision, skill and a working knowledge of art and science as well as an appreciation for its historical significance.
Working a few square inches at a time, the conservator painstakingly unveils the essence of an original work, regaining its fullness of color, dimension and depth... In other words, its life.