The icon must live because it represents eternal life. It is not just a piece of art or interior design: it depicts the Savior, the Mother of God, the saints or this or that Gospel story. They are not just depicted, but rather are revealed through the iconographic images. Even the most decrepit icon, with a centuries-old touch of history in the form of large damages or cracks, with crumbling ground, carries in itself the presence of Divine eternity in iconography.
The task of restorers is to preserve these images, to bring them to their proper appearance, not only as artistic and historical treasures, but also as objects of the Church that convey her spirit. Today, a lot of new icons are being painted, and not as much attention is paid to keeping them in proper condition and preserving them from the destruction of old icons as required. In addition, many old icons require restoration and renovation of the images... Museums restore ancient paintings and preserve them in proper conditions, but mostly as objects of cultural heritage. Today, the not-so-numerous church museums are trying to reach the top quality level. However, old icons in churches and houses of believers often fall into unprofessional hands, and instead of preserving the iconographic image, they are sometimes damaged.