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Helping Artworks withstand Museums

Wood is a living material. And this shows in paintings on wood, slowly cracking, bending and warping—the price to pay for being on public display under conditions that are often far from ideal. In 2018, a team of restorers and scientists from the LMGC set up a novel experimental system at the Musée Fabre in Montpellier (southern France). Their goal was to unlock the secrets of how wood changes over time and the impact of those changes on the artworks.
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