This course of lectures will present the basic concepts of materials and techniques that are involved in the the creation of a cultural artefact.
A selected set of artefact types will be described. Both artefacts located in a open environment (architecture surfaces, frescoes, statues, etc.) and in closed/confined environments (i.e. museums, archives, public and private houses, etc.) will be considered.
Possible relationships between an artefact and its surrounding environment, such as degradation processes (both natural and anthropogenic), will be considered.
Techniques, methods and protocols available and applicable for conservation and renewal of cultural artefacts will be also presented.
This course of lectures will aid the student in developing critical consciousness in the evaluation of art materials degradation, and artefcts conservation.
This course of lectures will help the student in developing communication skills in interacting with other “actors” (art conservators, restorers, superintendents, art historians, etc.) in the cultural heritage field