Handling & Hanging Art
To hold a great collection is more than a mere hobby, it is a passion that becomes a way of life. The collections need to be respected and taken care of in a proper manner. The handling and display of the paintings needs to be well researched and taken well into account for longevity of the paintings.
To handle a painting well is to make sure that you are handling only one painting at a time. If it is a bigger painting or panels of paintings, each should be handled and carried by two or more persons. While handling the paintings ensure that the hands of those who are handling it are clean and free of any oil or dirt and that they do not leave fingerprints on the paintings, especially when the paintings are exposed, unprimed canvases that were seen in the works of twentieth century. It is best to wear cotton gloves when handling the paintings and to remove any kind of accessories like watches or jewelry.
The painting should be handled with both hands from the sides. Handling or carrying the painting from the top might cause undue stress on the canvas or the frame thus causing damage. And it is important that you handle only those paintings that have an intact surface and a sturdy frame and structure. The frame or the structure should be corrected before handling.
As per the size of the painting and the canvas, proper arrangement should be made to anchor the paintings. Wall studs and hooks combined present quite a stable structure for most paintings, however, in case of particularly large sized paintings a wall anchor should be fixed for additional support. In case it feels necessary a wall bracket under the painting can further stabilize the whole structure.
The painting may have a metal hook fixed on to the frame or it can be hung using appropriate weight painting wire also. The painting wires are looped through two separate eye screws fixed to both left and right side of the painting, thus doubling the strands of the wire. While cutting and securing the wire, care should be taken that the end does not poke, scratch, or damage the painting or the canvas in any way. Especially in the case of really old paintings where the canvas has aged, any wire that pushes into it may cause a gradual bulge. This unfortunate bulge may cause further irreversible damage and sometimes stay undiscovered until it is too late.
All kinds of suspension instruments and tools like hangers, hooks, wires, cords or screws should be of the highest quality and checked periodically for any wear and tear. It is wise to not wait till the hooks fall out, the cords or wires break and take preventive measures at the right time.