You own a painting and you think it deserves a good refreshment to restore its original splendor?
Art Shortlist explains what cleaning a painting consists of. Be careful, don't try to do it yourself because the consequences can be disastrous and even irreversible. Cleaning a painting cannot be improvised, so we invite you to read the following lines carefully and to entrust your painting to a professional.
What is art restoration?
The restoration of a painting is a discipline whose objective is to give back a historical and aesthetic aspect that is as close as possible to the original one to a painting. Thus, a work of art that has suffered the test of time or damage can be restored to its former glory.
It should be noted that conservation is closely linked with restoration, in fact, the choice of materials and restoration techniques used will have an impact on the durability of a work of art.
Why restore my painting ?
First of all, to enjoy it fully. Secondly, because we are only passing through the world and the next generations of art collectors must be able to benefit from the same opportunities as we do.
In fact, by restoring a painting, we realize without knowing it, an act that is both selfish and generous, a complete paradox, because we give back an optimal condition to our beloved painting and we also do it for the benefit of the next generation, isn't that nice?
How does the restorer proceed to restore my work?
To begin with, the restorer makes a detailed study of the work and the paint layer. If this is not the case, quickly take back your painting and find another specialist.
During his analysis, the art restorer will have to take into account several key factors: the history of the work, the nature of its support and the technique used, the state of conservation.
This is how he or she will be able to write a report and make a treatment proposal in accordance with the above-mentioned factors.
Is a condition report essential before a restoration?
Yes, it is imperative that the professional in charge of the cleaning and restoration of your painting prepares a written report before any restoration of the work. On the one hand, this will offer you guarantees of results and a precise diagnosis and on the other hand, you will be able to turn against the service provider in case of problem or unforeseen event.
Remember to read the general and specific conditions of the restorer to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Should I take into account the opinion of some websites that tell me that it is possible and even easy to clean my painting by myself?
No, you should not! Some blogs or websites claim that cleaning a painting at home is like child's play, so don't take into account this advice from amateur restorers because it can seriously and permanently damage your beloved painting.
Leave the cotton swabs, soap and other potato or onion-based treatments to trained experts. Some old-fashioned remedies do not work well with old or new paintings, so a clear diagnosis is essential before any intervention on the work.