AIC, Professional Associate
4515 Willard Avenue
Chevy Chase, Maryland
P: 301-657-2682
C: 240-507-0797

Located just outside Washington, DC in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Orlandini Art Conservation offers examination, analysis, conservation treatment, collection management, training and other educational services. The studio specializes in the preservation of works of art and artifacts on paper and vellum - drawings, prints, watercolors, pastels, oil paintings, documents, maps, historic manuscripts, photographs, rare books  and non-western artifacts. The areas of expertise cover a wide variety of issues related to collection care and conservation, ranging from small stabilizations to the treatment of severely damaged and deteriorated objects. Analysis and documentation accompany all completed conservation treatments. Guidelines on archival conservation framing, protective enclosures, storage solutions, exhibition support, shipping, preventive maintenance and emergency preparedness are provided. The studio provides up-to-date technical information for collectors and museum professionals.

Valeria Orlandini is a conservator of works of art and photographs with a M.S./ Certificate in Conservation from the Winterthur Museum/ University of Delaware Art Conservation Program. Recently, she has served as a paper conservator for the Thomas Jefferson Bible Project at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History (2010-2011). 

She was employed as a paper conservator at the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service (2009-2010), the Library of Congress, in Washington D.C. (2006-2009) and McKay Lodge Fine Arts Conservation Laboratory, Inc. in Ohio (2002-2006). Previously, she has worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Winterthur Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and abroad at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, United Kingdom, National Gallery of Canada and National Archives of Canada in Ottawa, Canada, and at the University of Sao Paulo, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

Participated in research projects associated with the conservation of historical documents and fine arts on paper and parchment containing iron gall ink and other inks and contributed in the international arena to conferences, trainings and publications.

Valeria Orlandini is a peer reviewed Professional Associate in the American Institute of Conservation for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works. All treatments are done in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice as set forth by the AIC.

Thomas Jefferson Bible Project at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History

Orlandini participated with a team of conservators and scientists that conducted materials analysis, assessed the benefit versus risks involved in aqueous stabilization treatment options, considered appropriate micro- and macro-environmental conditions and established a thorough examination and documentation (survey) of all the materials' current condition for future comparison.

Preventive Strategies

* Condition Surveys
* Onsite Consultations
* Environmental Controls and Monitoring
* Access, Use and Housing Practices
* Archival Storage Options
* Proper Handling Procedures
* Displays on Rare Materials
* Install Exhibitions
* Integrated Pest Management
* Emergency Preparedness
* Digital Documentation and Reproductions
* Preparing Collections for Digital Conversion
* Plan the Approach for Reformatting

Bound volume hand inscribed with iron gall inks c.1628


An improper environment can cause irreparable damage.

High humidity promotes mold growth, corrosion, and degradation, while lack of humidity can cause drying and cracking. Fluctuations between extremes can cause warping, buckling, and flaking.

All kinds of light, especially ultraviolet rays from natural and artificial sources, can cause fading and disintegration.

High temperatures can accelerate deterioration.

Pollutants and dust are abrasive and can accelerate harmful chemical reactions.

Pests can infest and destroy many objects.

-A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report 2005