At right is the painting you see above; it was once rolled up, paint in.
When transporting a painting, avoid placing any plastic sheeting or covering directly on the surface of the paint. Even if a painting is fully dried, under some conditions, plastic sheeting can stick to the painting and disfigure the surface. A travel-frame may be considered for safe transportation of your artwork. For more guidelines for travel recommendations, consult this CCI Note on Wrapping a Painting.
When to see a conservator
As a painting ages, oil paint gets more translucent, varnish will yellow, and paint will probably crack. Some signs of aging are expected, and there’s no need to panic. Even a yellowed varnish, while disfiguring, is not harming the painting. That said, if the yellowing or surface grime is bothering you, go ahead and call a conservator. If you notice that the paint is actively flaking, store the painting flat to avoid losing pieces, and save any flakes you can. A conservator can re-adhere the losses and consolidate the loose layers. If your painting ends up in a flood, you spill something or drop something on it, or if your cat tears a hole through it, we recommend you call a conservator. We’d be happy to help.
We hope you are enjoying these entries in our series focused on caring for your family heirlooms. This series will continue throughout the summer and cover a variety of items and materials. If you have any comments on the series thus far, including materials you’d like to see covered in future posts, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The previous posts in this series are available on the Department of Art Conservation website here.
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