Conservation and Restoration.

The distinction reflects social pretension and moral anxiety about heritage. Restorers, second cousins to forgers, work fugitively. Conservators write academic reports of ancient artefacts, taking refuge in current science, but can hardly sharpen a plane or visualise a foreshortened curve. To love the vision of the makers and rightly use their tools, is also an understanding. The tzimus is the ability to care for what is not one’s own, what one couldn’t have conceived oneself. Naturally, this is a moral question.

 

Virgin and Child, German, ca. 1505:
limewood, school of Riemenschneider, private client. Cleaning and repair.

   

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