Restoration Work

Digitally restoring old artworks. From old etches and monographs to engravings and prints. The goal is always to bring them back to their original look. Cleaning up the dust layer, re-boosting contrast, fixing the light exposure and repairing damages. With two simple goals: preserving the historical significance and making the artworks available for everyone to own and enjoy.

Restoration processes involve a combination of technical expertise and artistic sensibility.  Analyze each piece seperatly, researching its historical context to ensure an accurate restoration that honors the original vision. It's a rewarding experience to see these restored works printed and later displayed, allowing viewers and owners to connect with the past and appreciate the craftsmanship of earlier time in your own home. 

History of history

The roots of art restoration can be traced back to the Renaissance, a period that celebrated the revival of classical art and knowledge. During this time, artists and collectors began recognizing the value of preserving and restoring ancient artworks. The renewal of interest in classical aesthetics spurred efforts to recover and conserve deteriorating pieces.

The Enlightenment period in the 18th century brought a scientific approach to art restoration. Scholars and restorers sought to apply systematic methods to preserve artworks, emphasizing the importance of research and documentation. This era marked a shift toward a more analytical and methodical approach to restoration.

In the 19th century, conservation ethics began to take shape. Cesare Brandi, an Italian art historian, played a crucial role in defining principles for art restoration. His 1963 book, "Theory of Restoration," outlined key concepts, including the idea that a restorer should not impose their own artistic vision on a work but rather reveal its original form.

The 20th century saw the establishment of international standards and organizations dedicated to art conservation. The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC), founded in 1950, has been instrumental in developing ethical guidelines and promoting the exchange of knowledge among conservation professionals.

And finally. In present times. The advent of digital technology in the late 20th century revolutionized the field of art restoration. Digital tools and imaging techniques allowed restorers to undertake more precise and non-invasive restoration processes. This technological leap opened up new possibilities for restoring and preserving artworks. And Etnicea is set to continue this pathway of restoration. Perhaps even adding new methods and approaches to this particular work.