Conservators are art heroes: they transform damaged or dirty works of art into beautiful, fresh works for public consumption. Then why is it that conservation has been at the center of some of the biggest art historical controversies of the last fifty years? What does a conservator really do, and what happens when conservation goes too far?
// Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show—we can’t thank you enough! Check our website for images from today’s show, as well as information about our other episodes. And come find us on Twitter and Instagram!
Many thanks to the incredible Stephanie Pryor for research assistance!
Looking for a transcription of this episode? Check it out here. Not to be used for distribution or any other purpose without permission.
Want more art-historical goodness? Check out the links below:
Smithsonian Magazine: "True Colors"
Hyperallergic: With Its Own Arts Center, Beast Jesus Rises Again
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices