The Philosophy

The best restoration is the one least noticed.”

Giovanni Secco Suardo’s aphorism is as true today as it was when he pronounced it more than a century ago. Old, discolored, or disfiguring varnish and restoration can significantly undermine the appearance of the greatest of paintings. Conversely, a sensitive and faithful restoration will enhance the value and appreciation of an artist’s ouevre. Every picture cared for at Thomas Art Conservation — from Early Italian gold ground paintings to Golden Age Dutch portraits, Netherlandish religious narratives to American landscapes — is handled with sensitivity and an individualized approach. At Thomas Art Conservation, respecting the vision of the artist whilst enhancing the inherent value of the artwork is at the center of all work.