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Bringing Art Back to Life at the National Gallery

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Conservator Carol Christensen works on a 15th-century painting of monks.
Kavitha Cardoza
Conservator Carol Christensen works on a 15th-century painting of monks.

The National Gallery of Art houses thousands of valuable paintings, all of them susceptible to damage from sunlight, humidity, grime, and natural aging. Kavitha Cardoza talks with the National Gallery's head of conservation about the science behind restoring a painting and why such painstaking effort is worth it.

[Music: "Sentimental Journey" by Juan Garcia Esquivel from Space Age Bachelor Pad Music]

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