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Conservation: Protecting The Art

Conservation is the care and protection of cultural objects. As the caretakers of collections, conservators examine, research, clean and repair artworks, while also taking action to prevent future deterioration. Here at the AGO, the Conservation Team includes conservators, mat makers, framers and mount makers. These specialists work together to ensure each work will look its best not only for today, but also for generations to come.

What Is Conservation?

Get a behind-the-scenes look at our conservators in action. Learn what goes into keeping artworks looking their best and conserving them for generations to come.

Meet the Conservators

Meet the staff members of the AGO's Conservation Department and learn about their backgrounds and areas of specialty.

What’s New in Conservation

Read about the restoration of Floor Burger and other great stories in the Conservation Notes section of our Art Matters blog.

Restoration of the William Henry Boulton Portrait

The Art Gallery of Ontario recently carried out a major restoration project on George Berthon’s Portrait of William Henry Boulton (1846). This exhibition reveals the conservation process required to restore the painting and, in so doing, explores an aspect of museum work that is rarely made public.

Cleaning George Reid's "Landscape With Stream"

George Reid painted "Landscape With Stream" as a wall mural in 1911 for his studio in Toronto’s Wychwood Park. When this painting came to the AGO, it was not only dirty but also very fragile. Read on to learn how it was repaired and conserved for future enjoyment.

Resource List

Interested in further exploring the world of conservation? Here is a list of online resources and interactive games you can access


Glossary of terms for the science of conservation

Signature Partner of the AGO’s Conservation Program

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