What Causes a Painting’s Image to Change?

What Makes a Painting's Image Change? After you have owned a painting for a while, you may begin to notice that the image longer appears as clear or sharp as you remember. If the painting has been properly handled and displayed then the changes are probably due to the natural aging of the painting. Described below are aspects of the natural aging process of paintings.

Painting Varnish – Purpose & Protection

Painting Varnishes What does a Varnish do for a Painting? The varnish layer plays a dual role: it has and effect on the final appearance of the painting and also serves as a protective coating for the paint surface. Varnishes intensify the appearance of pigments on the painting surface by the refraction of light. This is called "saturation." Although varnishes are traditionally clear, they can be toned or altered with the addition of pigments and other materials. Toned varnishes may be utilized to balance a painting whose appearance has changed with age.

Art Restoration

Worthington Galleries provides a full range of art Restoration and Conservation Services. Our professionals are experienced in repairing, restoring, conserving paintings, sculptures, antique books, maps, documents and manuscripts and more.

Does My Painting Need to be Cleaned?

Does My Painting Need to be Cleaned? Why Might My Painting Need to be Cleaned? Taking care of your paintings is delicate and complex.  As paintings age, the appearance of the image changes not only because of accumulated dirt, but also because aging itself can alter the materials that make up the image.  Methods of removing dirt and other obscuring material requires great skill because any changes to the painting surface may bring about irreversible and damaging results, permanently affecting the aesthetic and monetary value of the work.

Perspectives on Restoration & Conservation

Perspectives on Restoration & Conservation of Fine Art Paintings - If and When to Restore. Simon Parkes and Sotheby’s Mark Buck discuss current practices in Fine Art conservation and cleaning the Collection of Mrs. Margaret Thompson Biddle. Conservation materials have certainly evolved. Detergents, chemicals and other solvents have changed and improved dramatically over the years. I think it's fair to say that damage caused by restorers has been greatly reduced by the restoration community having access to better materials and information. But it's certainly fair to say that over the centuries, by far the most damage to paintings has been made by people trying to clean, line or retouch paintings, but lacking the knowledge to do so properly. Materials alone don’t ensure safe and good restoration. Thoughtful work, experience and many hours looking at works in public collections, particularly in Europe, are invaluable.

Worthington Galleries announces move to historic downtown square

  Worthington Galleries will become the newest tenant to call Gallatin’s historic downtown square home. The fine art gallery will more than triple in size when it relocates to the

Painting Restoration

Painting Restoration Worthington specializes in the repair and restoration of paintings.   Its comprehensive restoration services encompass the following: Restoration Program Services Examination and condition reporting of individual paintings or entire

Pottery, Ceramics, Glass & Artifact Restoration

Ceramic, Pottery & Glass Restoration Worthington provides Restoration and Conservation Services for a wide variety of art. Our professionals are experienced in repairing, restoring, conserving pottery, ancient artifacts, ceramics, porcelain

Worthington Galleries has extensive experience with antique books.  Our restoration professionals can repair and restore your old books to their former condition.  These restorative services also include repairing and restoring