The Works of Art on Paper Department maintains the historical integrity of the piece, while addressing concerns of long-term storage, display, and preservation with established methods in the field of paper conservation.
The Center's paper conservators encounter a variety of works, such as historical documents, drawings and prints, and screens, to pastels, watercolors, blueprints, and scrolls. The conservators treat each piece individually based upon information gathered during examination and testing.
The Paper Department’s approach is dependent upon a wide range of inherent properties in each sheet. The age, type of paper, media, scale, and previous campaigns of conservation are just a few considerations for each treatment approach. Many of these properties are easily affected by a variety of environmental, housing, and age-related factors.
Our conservators offer options for the treatment and preservation of your piece, along with advice on proper handling, storage, and care. Each work is treated with established methods and materials used throughout the field of paper conservation. For more complex treatments, conservators maintain an ongoing dialogue with clients.