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With Chemistry And Care, Conservators Keep Masterpieces Looking Their Best

Armed with cotton swabs, strong solvents and a lot of training, conservators are entrusted with restoring priceless works of art. At the National Gallery of Art we learn that varnish is enemy No. 1.

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