Conservation plays a fundamental role in the physical care of the collection, ensuring that it is available for current and future generations to enjoy. In the care and treatment of the artworks the conservation team adhere to the highest international standards, working to minimize intervention and promote longevity, all the while respecting the integrity of each piece. In the execution of their duties the conservators work closely with their colleagues in photography and curatorial.
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Oversees the conservation of a wide-ranging collection and is committed to furthering the knowledge and understanding of works of art in its care. In collaboration with curators, painting conservators examine the structure of individual paintings, and research artists' materials and methods, as well as techniques and materials used in conservation treatments.
Working with the curator and assistant curator of Prints and Drawings to care for a collection of over 11,000 works on paper and miniatures to ensure their long-term safety and integrity. They also work with the Library and Archives Department to care for the variety of paper-based items held in these collections.
The preservation and advancement of knowledge have been fundamental to the Gallery’s work since the founding gift of artworks that led to its opening in 1864. Today, its expansive holdings require the Gallery to be a world leader in conservation and preservation.