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Care of Paintings On-line Course

SKU: ms227


Instructor: Elizabeth Burton
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Caring for paintings requires some knowledge of the component structure of paintings and the reaction of those components to both natural and man-made environments. This course looks at the painting structure, the effects of damaging environments, and proposes simple steps for basic care. Topics include the structure of paintings, proper condition reporting with standard damage vocabulary, and basic care and handling including environments, storage, and transport. The course is intended to help those entrusted with the care of paintings in any environment.

Course Outline:

Week 1: Introduction: Care and Handling; Environments; Preventive Care

Week 2: Painting Structure and Condition

Week 3: Exhibits and Storage

Week 4: Packing, Transport, and Emergency Care; Conclusion


Textbook: Konstanze Bachmann’s Conservation Concerns: A guide for Collectors and Curators 

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