Proper care and protection of artwork is very important because artwork can easily be damaged. It's a good idea to immediately plan your protection strategy, at the time of purchase. Inquire as to any special requirements that might be needed for protecting your new artwork. Ask the gallery or dealer for any advice they might have, they or the artist might have printed care and handling instructions available for you.

Think about where the artwork will be displayed and use good judgment on where you place it. Fragile glass objects can fall and break easily. Think twice about hanging your new painting over your fireplace, because possible heat and smoke damage. Be careful when placing artwork in your kitchen because cooking oils and odors can cause problems with certain types of artwork. These are just a couple things to consider in protecting your art collection.

Books are another good source of information. Good books are available on the topic of collecting prints and fine art photography. Art conservation books also provide information about protecting your artwork as well as fixing problems. We've listed several books in our bookstore, look under the topic of Collecting Art and also in the section on Care & Conservation.

Finally, if you're interested in or collecting fine art photography, be sure to read our article on the
Care and Handling of Fine Art Photography.

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