Painting Conservation

Three conservators deal with painting conservation at the Art Museum of Estonia: Maris Klaas, Jelena Yurieva and Alar Nurkse.

The painting conservators are primarily responsible for the conservation of the painting collection. Their main activity is regularly monitoring, ascertaining and documenting the condition of the paintings and their surrounding environment, when they are in the museum and when they are lent out. A fundamental and very work-intensive activity is the restoration of damaged paintings, which is often preceded by thorough research and followed by documentation.

Since the paintings’ technical structures vary to a great degree, the damage they suffer and reasons for their degradation differ. The assignment of the painting conservators is to find the proper materials and methods for the conservation of both contemporary paintings and those created according to old traditions. The museum’s painting conservators work in collaboration with art historians and the holders of the painting collections.