As was discussed in last week’s video, in the digital age, the physical object of the book has in many ways become something more precious. Rick Anderson has often noted that one of the ongoing roles of the librarian is the curation and care of rare and historical materials. The Scholarly Kitchen recently featured a guest book review from the University of Utah’s “Preservation Librarian”, and it’s perhaps worth recognizing this different sort of craftsmanship.
But what happens when your role is the restoration of something 350 years old and nearly 11 feet wide? The video below, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, looks at the restoration of Charles Le Brun’s “Everhard Jabach and His Family” to pristine condition.