chapter  20
Conservation and concealment: The problems of restoration
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The aims of conservation are generally agreed but there are many differing concepts of what even legitimate restoration should constitute. It could be understood as recreating a perceived original appearance, replacing missing limbs on a marble statue for example. An alternative ideal could be the imparting of a more attractive appearance, albeit one that was still obviously antique, partially removing or replacing the patina on a bronze for example.