Art Restoration and Conservation: Background information when reading The Stone Girl

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The Stone Girl

A Novel

by Dirk Wittenborn

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The Stone Girl by Dirk Wittenborn
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Art Restoration and Conservation

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Section of the Sistine Chapel ceiling In Dirk Wittenborn's The Stone Girl, the main character, Evie, is an art restorer who specializes in repairing statues. Art restoration is the professional process of repairing works of art that have been subjected to the effects of damage or age, including paintings, sculptures and architecture. The restoration of art is somewhat distinct from the conservation, or preservation, of it, but both processes seek to reduce the decay and damage inflicted on artistic creations over time by aging, human interference, nature and other factors. Art conservators, like restorers, repair and restore works of art, but often with the intent of providing a temporary fix or slowing their degradation. Art restorers are more concerned with returning works to their original state. Restoration is sometimes considered a subcategory of conservation, as it deals with a specific type of preservation work.

Both professions date back centuries, but techniques have evolved significantly over time. To take ...

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