Definition of conservator
1a : one that preserves from injury or violation : protectorb : one that is responsible for the care, restoration, and repair of archival or museum articles
2 : a person, official, or institution designated to take over and protect the interests of an incompetent
3 : an official charged with the protection of something affecting public welfare and interests
conservatorialplay \kən-ˌsər-və-ˈtȯr-ē-əl, (ˌ)kän-\ adjective
conservatorshipplay \kən-ˈsər-və-tər-ˌship, -və-ˌtȯr-; ˈkän(t)-sər-ˌvā-tər-\ noun
Recent Examples of conservator from the Web
Aurora officials received a report from a sculpture conservator in March calling the elements along the bridge in need of major repair, according to Russell's application.
Paper conservator Josefin Bergmark-Jimenez found the old artwork while clearing out the hut to ready it for restoration.
However, when contractors in Cleveland later painted the figures of the two firefighters, the sculpture was improperly primed, said Mark Erdmann, an objects conservator with ICA Art Conservation, the Cleveland nonprofit selected to perform repairs.
Conservator Anna Funke stands next to the HL Hunley at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center on Wednesday.
That conservators play a pivotal role in art history is a given.
That’s one of the reasons, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has an artist interview program—to anticipate future problems, Gwynne Ryan, the Hirshhorn’s chief conservator, explains.
The museum conservators use a lot of elbow grease, scrub brushes, detergent, a garden hose and some Bon Ami household cleaner.
Twelve subsections fan out from the spine, aiming to reveal to visitors the discoveries of scholars, historians, architects and art conservators who explored the archives and contributed to the show’s catalog.
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Legal Definition of conservator
2 : a public official charged with the protection of something affecting public welfare and interests; specifically : an official placed in charge of a bank because its affairs are not in a satisfactory condition
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