Many of those involved with Art Conservation and Preservation seek to preserve history just as it existed in the past. Although certain artworks are incapable of staying intact through the ages, it is the goal of the art conservationist to allow those past chunks of history travel into the future for as long as possible.
With the onset of photo documentation, a way of capturing history in a vivid way was immediately created. An entire new branch of art conservation was born with the camera. Today, history is captured and recorded like never before everyday on a global scale with cameras now in most phones. One role of today’s art conservationist is to seek out, explore, and preserve new forms of art and design as they manifest in new ways daily on the internet. Sites such as Deviant Art serve as a way to document once unheard of volumes of new visual media for mass audiences.
Art preservation is also dedicated to repairing and touching up paintings or murals that have undergone weathering over the decades. One example is Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, which undergoes restoration every hundred or two years. The restoration which happened between 1980 and 1994 was a success.
One example of artworks made to fall apart are Jackson Pollock’s Drip Paintings, which were created with house paint on unprepared canvas. They are not estimated to last more than fifty more years, and there in nothing that an art conservationist can do except to create a new work of art with the torn remnants of the Pollock drip paintings.
In museums, there are usually staff members ensured to the preservation of ancient texts and works. Some ancient paper and papyrus texts must be held within airtight containers to preserve them, and prevent their deterioration. Certain truths beyond comprehensions are contained within such artifacts, and the art conservationists involved with preserving history use any means necessary to do so.
Generally speaking, the job of an art conservationist is to prevent history from spoiling. They work in museums, universities, libraries, and everywhere. Nowadays, with everyone publishing content, the global servers are a way of recording history. Art conservation is in all of us, and there is a hidden truth that applies to the present that one can glean from knowing the past more fully. If one is in touch with the feeling, the essence of history, one can see the mystery of life that those before were attempting to record. Those past unique ways of looking at the world are born once again into now through the power of art conservation.