Please Explain: Art Conservation

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On this week’s Please Explain we’re looking at the art and science of art conservation.

We’ll find out what tools and technologies—from spectrometers to Q-tips—are used to clean, repair, and restore works of art, and what ethical considerations conservators face in their work. We’re joined by Michael Duffy, paintings conservator at The Museum of Modern Art, and Margaret Holben Ellis, Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and Director of the Thaw Conservation Center at the Morgan Library & Museum.