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Watercolor Conservation: Can a Discolored Watercolor be Rescued?

Watercolor has been used as an artistic technique since the ancient civilizations. It was used mostly to execute preparatory drawings for wall paintings and for ornamentation. The first known use is probably in some illustrations from Egypt, using papyrus as support. After that, it was widely used in codices and manuscripts during the medieval time,…
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Inpainting, Retouching and Over-painting

Inpainting, retouching and over-painting are terms commonly used in the conservation - restoration field. On occasion they are used interchangeably, but there are subtle differences that should be clarified.
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Conservation Vs. Restoration

Conservators, also called Restorers (1) are professionals with enough skills, knowledge and training to preserve as well as conserve artworks and cultural heritage for the future generations. The conservator-restorer work is primarily a manual art/skill; but this should be closely related to theoretical knowledge which gives him/her the capacity to perform tasks such as carrying…
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Magna Carta Encasement

This video presents the fascinating behind-the-scenes creation of the Magna Carta encasement. This encasement will display the 715-year-old document at the National Archives. The 1297 Magna Carta being encased is one of only four remaining 1297 originals. Magna Carta is said to have influenced early American settlers and been a fundamental inspiration for the Constitution of the United States.

The Magna Carta encasement was machined at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) out of two solid blocks of aluminum and sits on a unique cart designed to support the document on exhibit. The encasement is air tight and is filled with humidified argon, an inert gas that, unlike oxygen, will not degrade the document. Elaborate instruments continuously monitor the conditions within the encasement for humidity presence and evidence of leaks.