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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?
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Want more art-historical goodness? Check out the links below:
Smithsonian Magazine: "True Colors"
Hyperallergic: With Its Own Arts Center, Beast Jesus Rises Again