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Is it a good idea to place a glass covering over a painting if possible? Or, is it better to keep the painting uncovered? I heard a glass cover can preserve the painting but I'm not so certain that's accurate information. Anyone have any thoughts on this topic? If glass coverings are a good idea, then why are not museums using them on their paintings? I know it's important to keep a painting out of direct sunlight and away from extreme temperatures of cold or humidity. But a glass covering over a painting?
Thanks Robert for your feedback. I found what you wrote very interesting about oil paintings, the how and why glass framing is used in museums. I actually have an oil painting that has cracks but it's not in glass (it's very old). After reading your response, I don't think it wise to put any of my paintings in a glass framing...not without an expert eye to look them over. I heard there is an art site where one can post pictures of their paintings for expert artists to review and give their opinion. I'll have to locate it.
On a different note but on the same topic: My mother had put a painting in a frame for me years ago when she was alive and I was 13. I never took the painting out of the frame. It still looks good but I was thinking of taking it out of its frame and reframing it without the glass. Maybe I should have an expert look at it first before I lift the glass off of it. My mother could do charcoal drawings and oil paintings but she wasn't an expert on restoring paintings or preserving them. This particular painting she put in a frame for me we actually found at a second hand store back in the 1960s and I purchased it for 50 cents. It's still beautiful but I kind of wish now she hadn't put it in a glass frame after reading your post.