Texas Heritage, Winter 1985

by: Mary Frederickson
"Works of art are the property
of mankind and ownership
carries with it the obligation
to preserve them. He
who neglects this duty and
directly or indirectly contributes
to their damage or ruin
invites the reproach of barbarism
and will be punished
with the contempt of all educated
people, now and in future
ages." Goethe, 1799
Flaking, cupped or loose paint
If these conditions are encountered,
the painting should be turned over to a
professional conservator. This is a dangerous
situation. Until the conservator
arrives the painting should be placed
face up on a stable, padded support. It
should not be bumped or jarred.
Torn canvas
As a temporary measure, a piece of
surgical adhesive tape should be applied
to the torn area of the back of the
canvas. A conservator should be consulted


Texas Historical Foundation. Texas Heritage, Winter 1985. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45443/. Accessed July 24, 2014.