Art and science meet
in the conservation of art treasures
The majority of conservators at the National Gallery of Australia have gained tertiary qualifications in applied science, specialising in the conservation of cultural materials. Conservation treatments to works of art require this highly skilled training, which encompasses a detailed understanding of the principles of material structure and surface chemistry, combined with the knowledge of artistic techniques and methods of construction.
Before any treatment commences, the condition of a work of art is carefully documented. Conservators may include microscopy, X-radiography, examination under infra-red stimulation, and standard black and white photography in the initial examination. The work of art will also be documented at significant stages during the treatment and upon completion.
An artist abroad: the prints of James McNeill Whistler
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