Author(s): Burak BOYRAZ, A. Sultan KARAO?LU

From a literature point of view, conservation and restoration practices have a rich background in the West. However, it is not possible to say that this rich background can be seen in Turkey as well. Indeed, literary studies and theoretical research relating to our conservation and restoration initiatives remain at a level that can be considered as minor compared to the West. It is relatively possible to create a chronology that covers our immoveable works. However, offering a chronology regarding our moveable works, and especially our works of art, is difficult due to the disconnectedness between “subjective” and “independent” studies on the subject. Setting out from the qualification in proficiency in art thesis prepared by the authors, this article was presented with the purpose of helping to fill this gap. In this sense, an assessment having conceptual contents was made on the restoration of works of art in the first chapter of the article. In the assessment, suggestions were made for the term restoration, and the concept of the protection of works of art was discussed. Restoration practices involving works of art were discussed in the chapter that follows. In this chapter that proceeds along two lines, namely those concerning the West and Turkey, the principal initiatives were listed. The properties of Kimyahane, which is also mentioned in the text, were emphasized in the Conclusion, and the current status of the restoration workshops in Turkey were interpreted.


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