Offered: Fall, Spring, Late Spring, Summer
This course fully introduces the student to the study of painting conservation, paying particular attention to materials and techniques. Systems developed in Italy as well as those developed in the United States are studied. Students examine and work on actual damaged paintings, observing changes resulting from time and adverse environmental conditions, and learn to resolve problems through restoration procedures. Ethical guidelines, developed by modern art conservators, are discussed as the student participates in the restoration of damaged paintings. After a full analysis of the work, tests are performed to determine the appropriate restorative method to be used. Relining of the support, cleaning, plastering, and stabilizing of the color are carried out. Students also practice inpainting procedures in order to restore unity to an image damaged by loss of color using both “tratteggio” and deceptive methods. Visits are made to view great works of art which are either currently under restoration or have been recently restored, such as Masaccio’s Brancacci Chapel, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes, Raphael’s Palazzo Farnesina frescoes, and Simone Martini’s Maestà in the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena.
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(See syllabi below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)