a: art (as painting, sculpture, or music) concerned primarily with the creation of beautiful objects —usually used in plural
b: objects of fine art
2.) an activity requiring a fine skill
3.) creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content. "the convergence of popular culture and fine art"
4.) an activity requiring great skill or accomplishment. "he'll have to learn the fine art of persuasion"
The Handling of unframed pieces of Artwork should be handled as little as possible. Make sure hands are clean and free of grease, lotions or moisturizers. Never, ever touch the art surface with wet hands. You may protect unframed art with rigid mylar sleeves for storage.
When it comes to Storage of unframed art, it can stay rolled in the shipping tube for a few months. For longer or extended storage, invest in an acid free opaque plastic tube with end caps, or the preferred way, look into light-proof flat boxes from an archival storage company.
A few thoughts about Protection of Fine Art. Preserved Fine Art retains its value better, when the preservation is better! Insure your purchase against accidents (especially water damage) with your renters or homeowners insurance. A small investment now may prevent a big loss in the future! Keep a copy of your Certificate of Authenticity with your insurance company. Inform your insurance company of any changes to the value of your Fine Art.
A little about the Framing of Fine Art. Most framers today are aware of the importance of using preservation-quality materials. Always ask for acid free mats, museum mounting, and consider the use of UV glass or Plexiglass for the best possible light protection. In some cases, extreme temperature or humidity differences create the need to have your framed art restretched, or ironed and re-set into the mats. Always try to keep out of direct sunlight, as this can cause fading of colors...
Always contact a professional about the care of Fine Art for long and short term storage, as well as display and care.