Conservation is a primary tool for rediscovery. Only meticulous effort and astounding skill can salvage artwork that has been damaged by accidents, negligence or the natural passage of time. Through restoration we can make new discoveries about an artist’s techniques, her preparatory drawings, and her overall knowledge of the craft. AWA's projects bring the Foundation together with Florence's museum directors, who recommend and oversee the project from its conception to completion. Specialized women restorers, selected by the directors themselves, execute each project according to techniques deemed suitable for each restoration. In addition, the Foundation funds and creates, professionally-produced videos, which document all phases of each restoration project. Each restoration includes preliminary diagnostic analyses and complete photographic documentation.