staff use special techniques, equipment and facilities to
store the artworks in their collections.
Museums install special instruments
(called hygrothermographs) to monitor the humidity and temperature
within exhibition spaces.
Scientists use special equipment, such
as a polariscope, a video camera equipped with an infra red
filter, and X-rays, to investigate features of artworks that
are not visible to the naked eye.
When funds were needed to care for
Arizona State University's Southwest Pieta, a successful grant
was written to Save Outdoor Sculpture to bring in a conservator
to examine it.
Just a few of an art conservator's
tasks include researching the artist's original intentions,
collecting samples for chemical analysis, identifying structural
damage, assessing the environment of an artwork, and making
recommendations for restoring and protecting that artwork.