The preventative conservation policy of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie, drawn up in 2009, aims to coordinate the teams of restorers from the initial examination of the works to the restoration itself, with a proactive policy of protecting the surface of the paintings so as to prolong the benefits of the restoration and protect the artworks from mechanical failure.
It also includes a programme of in-depth restorations and scientific examinations.
This heritage strategy consists of several areas of operation:
The programme for restorations is established in relation to loans, deposits, acquisitions, and presentations in the museum galleries, and recommendations mentioned in the condition reports.
For paintings, there are two different types of restoration: routine restorations and in-depth restorations, which follow a specific protocol.
Routine restorations (sprucing up and partial restoration) are carried out in the restoration area of the Musée d'Orsay following a programme that is decided every month.
These can involve the support (that is, the canvas on which the work is painted) and/or the paint layer.
Sessions for the removal of dust from paintings and frames, sculptures and objects (furniture, vases, etc.) are carried out in the galleries every Monday.
As well as protecting and restoring the artworks, it is vital to ensure the good conservation and aesthetic quality of the frames.
For this process, the restoration of original frames in gilded wood is outsourced.