Art Restoration - Aspect 2: Challenges and Controversies
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The Sistine Chapel: A Restoration

The Sistine Chapel: A Restoration | Art Restoration - Aspect 2: Challenges and Controversies | Scoop.it
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kristen monier's comment, March 14, 2014 8:55 AM
The most recent restoration of the Sistine Chapel started in 1980 and finished around 1994. Some thought it was a success, saying that the artwork was "vibrantly vivid". Others argued that the restoration ruined the famous piece of art.
kristen monier's comment, March 14, 2014 11:59 AM
The group of restorers who worked on the Sistine Chapel showed the record of the processes done to restore the artwork with every detail to the people who condemned their restoration job. "Their records were found to be concise and clear." They had a total of fourteen goals for their project. One of the goals was "fixing and consolidating the work materials". There are two main theories against the restoration of the Sistine Chapel. They are the Feldman Theory and the Beck Theory.
kristen monier's comment, April 11, 2014 10:10 AM
Dr. Feldman argued that the paintings lost much of the "depth and musculature" because of the cleaning. He went so far as to submit a petition to stop the cleaning. Dr. Beck argued that some of the glue varnish applied to the paintings was meant to achieve a sculptural effect.
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Art Conservation vs Art Restoration by Josh Owens | Fine Arts 360

Art Conservation vs Art Restoration by Josh Owens | Fine Arts 360 | Art Restoration - Aspect 2: Challenges and Controversies | Scoop.it
Art conservation and restoration are similar and different. Art conservation is the profession devoted to the preservation of antiquities for the future. Some of the activities included in conservation include
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kristen monier's comment, April 25, 2014 4:19 PM
Art conservators clean art after learning about "the causes of deterioration". Conservators will try to handle the artwork as little as possible, and they will try to use reversible materials as much as possible. "Restoration involves the cleaning, repairing, and sometimes reconstruction of the work." Both conservators and restorers want to "preserve the integrity of the artifact" and sustain the history the artwork holds. There are people who believe the damage or deterioration of the piece of art has become a part of the art and its history.
kristen monier's comment, April 25, 2014 4:28 PM
Sometimes, restoration and conservation is done by the same person. "The Golden Rule is that the conservator should not use his imagination in restoration or reconstruction." It is important to do research on a piece of artwork before any work is done so the restorer has a firm grasp on what the artwork used to look like and what the artist's intentions were. The goal is to care for the art, not to permanently change it.
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kristen monier's comment, April 26, 2014 3:58 PM
"Restoration is the act of restoring", or bringing the artwork back to its original state. "Conservation is the act of conserving", or caring for the art and preventing it to decay. "Art restoration proves to be more of a challenge than preservation because when something is restored, conservators and restorers attempt to recreate what the artist who created the piece had intended."
kristen monier's comment, April 27, 2014 2:45 PM
There are disadvantages to art restoration. First, it can cost a lot of time, effort, and/or money. Second, it can change the original appearance of the artwork, which some people argue that the original appearance should be maintained. Finally, restoring a piece of art could possibly damage it.
kristen monier's comment, April 27, 2014 2:55 PM
There are advantages to art restoration. First, it preserves the beauty of artwork for future generations to see. Then, it "allows for the study and education of ancient civilizations", so we can learn from the mistakes and successes of our past.
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To Restore or Not Restore? The Never-Ending Controversy Over Art’s Integrity Vs. The Preservation of Cultural Heritage « Mind Meets Matter: A Look at Some Novel Materials

To Restore or Not Restore? The Never-Ending Controversy Over Art’s Integrity Vs. The Preservation of Cultural Heritage « Mind Meets Matter: A Look at Some Novel Materials | Art Restoration - Aspect 2: Challenges and Controversies | Scoop.it
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kristen monier's comment, March 5, 2014 10:19 AM
<br>“ 'Ethics in restoration have found their origin in the growing awareness that we will never understand the artist’s intentions to their full extent and that, consequentally on our interpretations, which in restoration are expressed on the very object, never entirely cover the truth' -Van de Wetering." Some people argue that to restore a piece of art is to ruin it. People say that restorers put their own interpretation in artwork and ultimately change the meaning the artist originally meant for their work.
kristen monier's comment, March 6, 2014 10:15 AM
Art portrays the culture of the time and place it was made in. Some argue that it is important to restore artwork because art teaches us about societies through history. Art restorers need to bring the artwork their restoring back to its former glory. Because of advancing technology, art restoration is not as risky as it used to be.
kristen monier's comment, March 6, 2014 10:16 AM
Over time, the environment changes artwork. Restoring a piece brings the work back to its original appearance. What if the artist wanted the artwork to change over time? The artist might have wanted the message of the art to change depending on how the environment affected the appearance of the piece. "In an attempt to ‘fix’ the piece, the artist’s message became the restorer’s slander." Often times, the message of a piece of art changes as society changes. The message of art is dependent on the viewer. It is relative. We can never fulling understand the meaning the artist had intended for their art.
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Italy Crowdsources Art Conservation Decision

Italy Crowdsources Art Conservation Decision | Art Restoration - Aspect 2: Challenges and Controversies | Scoop.it
Stories of Italy struggling to save its cultural heritage amid governmental dysfunction and a lack of funds are commonplace these days. But tales of the Italians getting creative with their efforts...
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kristen monier's comment, March 14, 2014 8:35 AM
"L’Arte Aiuta L’Arte, or 'Art Helps Art' " is a program in Italy designed to pick pieces of artwork and let people vote on the one that should be restored.
kristen monier's comment, March 14, 2014 8:45 AM
The Italian government raised money through fundraisers and special events to pay for the restoration. People are worried about how the money for the restoration will be managed and if it's enough. Money being "mismanaged" is a "recurring problem" in Italy. The Italian government is trying to get the younger generation of Italians more involved with the arts which is a huge part of their history and culture.