Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
EM3F30 (AF:257398 AR:148006)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Term
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

No prerequisites are required
Introduction to renewal theories and to the Cultural Heritage Code
The artefact and the environment: phenomena and agents that can affect the duration of artefacts, in open as well as in closed/confined environments
Degradation processes and conservation/renewal projects: selection of products and methodologies
Architecture artefacts, especially surfaces: composition and production theories
Artistic and historical artefacts (paintings, boards, paper, etc.): production techniques
Prevention, protection and maintenance of artefacts.

- L. Lazzarini, M. Laurenzi Tabassi. Il restauro della Pietra. Ed. CEDAM
- G. Perusini. Il restauro dei dipinti e delle sculture lignee. Storia, teorie e tecniche. II Edition. Ed. Del Bianco, 1991
- Stella Casiello. La cultura del restauro. Teorie e fondatori, Napoli 2005
- C. Fiori, S. Lorusso, R. Pentrella. Restauro, manutenzione, conservazione dei beni culturali: materiali, prodotti, tecniche. Bologna, 2002
- Cesare Brandi. Teoria del restauro, Roma 1963
The written text, based on 18 multiple-choice questions, will be focused on specific arguments discussed during the lectures (no books, notes or electronic devices are admitted during the text).
The oral examination will be based on specific questions about degradation and conservation of artifacts and materials. The student has to demonstrate to have critically acquired issues related to degradation of materials, and conservation of artefacts, and to clearly express acquired information
Traditional (teacher up front) lessons in combination with slides
Texts for exam:
- lesson slides and notes

Modification to syllabus will be pointed out during the lectures.
Visits to cultural heritage sites and artifacts just renovated or undergoing renovation will be proposed during the lectures.
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
Last update of the programme: 29/06/2017