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Conserving Priceless Chinese Paintings Is An Art All Its Own

The U.S. has one of the world's best collections of Chinese paintings, but only four master conservators who know how to take care of them — and they're all approaching retirement. At the Freer and Sackler Galleries in D.C., Xiangmei Gu is passing her skills on to a new generation.

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Conserving Priceless Chinese Paintings Is An Art All Its Own

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