Travelling exhibitions and transporting paintings

Authored by: Barbara A. Ramsay

Conservation of Easel Paintings

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367023799
eBook ISBN: 9780429399916
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The potential risks inherent in the environment of any painting include many factors: exposure to extremes and/or rapid fluctuations in temperature and relative humidity, vibration and shock, mechanical damage due to accidental or intentional forces, excessive light, biological damage, and chemical damage due to particulate, liquid, or gaseous pollutants. All of these dangers are present and often magnified when a painting is sent out for loan or exhibition, or when it is transported for some other purpose. Awareness of the nature of these risks, as well as the means available to reduce or eliminate them, form an integral part of the responsibility of those entrusted with the care of paintings. Well-thought-out and consistently applied procedures will direct exhibition-related activity and help to ensure the preservation of paintings.

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