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Protection of works of art from damage due to atmospheric ozone

Cass, Glen R. and Nazaroff, William W. and Tiller, Christine and Whitmore, Paul M. (1991) Protection of works of art from damage due to atmospheric ozone. Atmospheric Environment Part A-General Topics, 25 (2). pp. 441-451. ISSN 0960-1686. doi:10.1016/0960-1686(91)90314-W.

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Ozone at the concentrations found in the indoor atmosphere of many museums poses a fading hazard to the pigments used in works of art. The ozone control problem faced by museum personnel is unusual because indoor ozone exposure must be reduced to very low levels in order to protect the collections from accumulated damage over periods of 100 years or more. In the present study, methods that can be used to protect museum collections from ozone damage are evaluated. Control measures examined include pollutant removal via ventilation system redesign, construction of display cases to protect the works, framing of paintings, prints and watercolors behind glass, selection of ozone-resistant pigments, and application of binders and coatings that will protect ozone-sensitive pigments.

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Additional Information:© 1991 Pergamon Press. First received 5 February 1990 and in final form 25 July 1990. This research was supported by a contract with the J. Paul Getty Conservation Institute, Marina del Rey, CA.
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Subject Keywords:Ozone; museum; indoor air quality; control; art
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Official Citation:Glen R. Cass, William W. Nazaroff, Christine Tiller, Paul M. Whitmore, Protection of works of art from damage due to atmospheric ozone, Atmospheric Environment. Part A. General Topics, Volume 25, Issue 2, 1991, Pages 441-451, ISSN 0960-1686, (
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