Even originating artists rarely can perform the art form known as art restoration. The art restorer’s main goal is to return the artifact or artwork to its initial condition. The restorer strives to reverse the effects of time and the environment through a combination of science, aesthetics and craft. A skilled restorer does this without leaving a trace of his or her work. For a restoration to be considered a success, trained professionals would not even be able to detect the meticulous work involved to get it to that point.
While the restorer makes every effort to preserve as much of the original artwork as possible, there are times when he or she may have to recreate entire parts of the artwork that have been lost. Whether in restoring oil paintings, antiques, photos, sculptures, watercolors or historic artifacts, it is the restorer’s job to recreate and restore each piece so that it will not need any further restoration for at least a lifetime.