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Lesson 3 : Taking Care of Art / Part 2: Caretakers

Does the Southwest Pieta need restoration?

After making a thorough condition assessment, the conservator determined the structure of the Southwest Pieta to be sound and identified some surface areas in need of restoration. In areas where layers have separated he recommends injecting adhesive to reattach them.

He recommends filling in small holes with an inert material. When paint is missing he recommends repainting in a way that is visible, but only from very close up -- so viewers and later conservators will be able to see clearly what is original and what has been restored.