Art works often deteriorate precisely because of the materials used to make them. Chemistry and physics can help to research the details of an art work and then conserve the work. Developments in analytical tools are instrumental to that; this section introduces those tools.
Herculeaum is a special case of art in an archaeological setting. So how is it conserved?
Renaissance artists studied the sculptures and monuments of Greece and Rome and emulated them in their own work, ie they imitated the art. This perspective of art has echoed down the centuries to influence the appearance of Western art and architecture today.
The ethical questions of whether ancient works of art should be be conservered or restored are investigated with this resource.