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Emergency Preparedness and Response

Collection Recovery Methods: Paintings and Other Framed or Glazed Art

Paintings and Other Framed or Glazed Art

Oil Paintings   -   Framed/Glazed Artworks


Oil Paintings

Recovery Priority during the first 24-48 hours

Freezing Procedures

Air Drying Procedures

Air dry only.

  • Remove from frame (leave canvas on stretcher).
  • Place face up without touching paint layer
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Framed/Glazed Artworks

Recovery Priority during the first 24-48 hours

  • Immediately dry.
  • Drain and carry horizontally.

Freezing Procedures

  • Remove frame or glazing. (Do not attempt to remove if the item is sticking to glass.)
  • Pack as dimensions allow.
  • Freeze as applicable for media type.
  • May be freeze dried according to media type.

Air Drying Procedures

  • Remove items from frame or glazing.
  • Air-dry the item face up on absorbent material. (Do not attempt to remove if the item is sticking to glass; instead, air-dry the back of the item with glass side placed face down.)
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