How to Care for Antique Russian Icons?

Antique Russian icons are an important part of religious art, valued all over the world. Not only are they beautiful and performed in a distinctive painting technique, but they have a deep meaning and teaching. To own such masterpieces in your home is a big honor, but it is also a great responsibility because, just like any other antiques, icons require special care. For example, did you know that the optimal temperature level for icons is 60Fº – 72Fº (15Cº – 22Cº), and the best humidity level is 50% – 60%? You should also remember that any extreme changes in temperature and humidity, as well as direct sunlight and heat, can cause cracks and even the separation of paint layers, gesso, and wood.

Another important thing to remember is that restoration is not always good for your antique icon and should be performed only if it is really needed. Besides, you should be very careful when choosing restoration services because not all icon restorers are the same, and not all of them have equal experience. If you want your religious masterpiece to be preserved for future generations, make sure you entrust its restoration to a true expert who loves what they do.

How to Care for Antique Russian Icons?

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