The Paintings Studio oversees the conservation of a wide-ranging collection and is committed to furthering the knowledge and understanding of works of art in its care. In collaboration with curators, painting conservators examine the structure of individual paintings, and research artists' materials and methods, as well as techniques and materials used in conservation treatments. This interdisciplinary approach not only provides invaluable information on artists' original intent, but can also help reveal an artist’s process and provide insight into how conservation treatments can affect the structure and appearance of artworks.
While examination of materials and methodologies is crucial in informing treatments, preventive conservation also plays a fundamental role in the preservation of the collection. Long-term care is provided for the collection through the establishment of environmental standards for works on display, in storage or travelling to other institutions.