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This 17th-century portrait was given plumper lips years after it was finished – an expert explains why

By Nicky Grimaldi, Assistant Professor of Arts, Northumbria University, Newcastle
For the everyday visitor to a gallery or museum, alterations to artworks made years, sometimes decades, after their original creation are rarely obvious. After all, the skill of the modern art conservator is for their work to remain imperceptible at normal viewing distance, thus retaining the integrity of the original artwork.

Modern-day art conservators tend to favour minimal interventions – avoiding both painting over original paint and changing the picture. The idea these days is that any interventions – such as cleaning varnish, mending tears, or in-painting (retouching) – should…The Conversation

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