Academic year
2019/2020 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
CT0556 (AF:316217 AR:169607)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
This course of lectures will provide basic knowledge about onsite application of available non invasive diagnostic techniques for the investigation of art and architecture artefacts and materials, and of related traditional art techniques.
This course of lectures aims to support students in developing practical skills in the employment of related instrumentation and a correct approach in the interaction with other sector professionals (restorers, superintendents, art historians, etc.).
Attending lectures and self study of course contents (slides and lecture notes, reference texts) will allow students to reach the following goals:

1. knowledge and understanding
● to know how to apply main non invasive diagnostic techniques currently available
● to understand, through practical onsite sessions ,advantages and limitations, and applicability of employed techniques to art and architecture materials and artefacts

2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
● to know how to perform onsite a basic analysis of issues related to diagnostic investigation of artefacts and relationships with constituent materials and applicable techniques
● to know how to correctly apply technical and scientific terminology in all processes, including communication of acquired knowledge

3. Judgement
● to know how to critically evaluate and compare obtained diagnostic results from artefacts under examination according to analytical capabilities of applied techniques

4. Communication skills
● to know how to interact with other students and with the professor in a critical and educationally responsible manner
● to know how to communicate own actions and evaluations to other conservation sector professionals with suitable terminolog

5. Ability to learn
● to know how to correctly take notes, critically evaluate and share them in a collaborative way
● to know how to critically examine suggested texts and bibliography

Basics of Chemistry, Physics and Biology are required. Attending the CT0555 course is highly recommended.
- Examples of practical applications of available non invasive diagnostic techniques for the investigation of art and architecture materials and artefacts
- onsite diagnostic sessions with non invasive diagnostic instrumentation on representative artefacts and materials (according to availability of host institutions and instrumentation)
- M. Martini, A. Castellano, E. Sibilia. Elementi di Archeometria - Metodi fisici per i Beni Culturali (Egea Ed. 2004)
- A. Napoli, C. Pelosi, V. Vinciguerra. Principi di analisi spettroscopica con applicazioni ai beni culturali (Aracne Ed. 2010)
- S. Siano. Archeometria e restauro. L’innovazione tecnologica (Nardini Ed. 2015)- O. Piccolo, E. Puppin, Tecniche diagnostiche per i beni culturali (Maggioli Ed. 2008)
- M. Matteini, R. Mazzeo, A. Moles. La chimica nel restauro. I materiali dell’arte (Nardini Ed. 2016)

- Selected papers from national and international scientific journals
The oral examination, based on 3 questions, will be focused on specific arguments discussed during the lectures and onsite sessions, and to related report, with the aim to verify acquired knowledge and capability in the interpretation of results obtained through applied techniques according to investigated artefacts and related materials. The student must demonstrate to have critically understood scientific and technical issues related to the application of non invasive diagnostic techniques to artefacts, and to discuss acquired knowledge and competences with adequate language skills
teacher up-front lessons in combination with slides; onsite diagnostic investigations on representative artefacts and materials
Modification to syllabus will be pointed out during the lectures.
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 22/05/2019