Conservation: Paintings

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The majesty of a single brush stroke of paint is as undeniable as that of a fingerprint. Each is utterly unique.

Paintings, like other precious art pieces, should be kept out of and away from direct light, severe temperature changes, and high humidity rates. The inclination to hang a painting over a working fireplace should be resisted at all costs. Do not lessen the value of your piece by shoddy framing or restoration. Both of which can cause real damage to your piece.

As with other pieces, always speak to a conservator before engaging in any cleaning practice. You must take into account the condition of the painting, as well as the materials used to create the painting.


  • Consult a conservator for appropriate light, temperature and humidity settings
  • Never clean a painting if it shows any signs of damage, including cracking
  • Dust the painting with a brush that is soft, clean and dry
  • Never use a feather duster, cloth or any wool
  • Dust from the top to the bottom
  • Take care in the hanging of your piece, use two hangers for insured safety
  • Never touch the painting with bare hands


  • If moving a painting a short distance always carry it with two hands, and hold it from a secure location (one hand on bottom, one hand on a side)
  • If possible always have another person at hand
  • For any long distance moves, hire a professional to pack and transport your piece

Featured Providers

AAMG / Art Asset Management Group, Inc.

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Parr Conservation Services, LLC

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Skaneateles, NY 13152

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Asheville, NC 28816


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Boca Raton, FL 33487

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Page Conservation, Inc.

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Washington, DC 20001

ConservArt LLC

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Williamsville, NY 14221

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Novi, MI 48375


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Indianapolis, Indiana 46220

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Foulke Fine Art Conservation

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Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Fine Art Paintings Conservation and Collections Management

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ARTEX Conservation Laboratory

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Landover, MD 20785-4761

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Asheville, NC 28801

Ann Shaftel

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Mckay Lodge Conservation Lab., Inc.

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