CoursesShort and Summer CoursesRestoration of Paper and Prints
Florence has the highest concentration of masterpieces and people working in heritage conservation in the world and it provides the best opportunities to acquire and perfect knowledge and skills for the protection of cultural heritage.
For over 35 years the Institute has held summer courses in its laboratories in July and September for students who are interested in doing practical courses. The summer courses are taught by the same professors as the three-year academic courses.
The paper restoration and photography first aid course gives participants the opportunity to work on items from antiques shops and museums, identifying problems and deterioration, and carrying out specific restoration techniques.
From Monday to Friday every morning from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. for a total of 80 hours.
The course is held in Via de' Michelozzi, 2 in Florence.
The course is open to all applicants, Italian and international. Previous experience is not necessary.
The course is taught in Italian. Applicants should have a good basic knowledge of the language.
A Certificate of Attendance is issued to all participants at the end of the course.
  • Preliminary tasks
  • Photographic documentation
  • Analysis of the deterioration of the work: biological, physical and chemical
  • The restoration project and data record
  • Evaluation of methods
  • Numbering and collating
  • Cleaning: the importance of mechanical cleaning, degumming with various types of rubber and mechanical cleaning methods with brushes, erasers and scalpels
  • Solubility testing of colors and inks, measurement of pH
  • Washing by immersion, spraying, blotting, suction tables
  • Deacidification
  • Drying
  • Adhesives and gelinatura
  • Consolidation techniques, tearing, reconstruction of missing pieces, partial or total veiling, paper pulp.
  • Trimming, smoothing, rebinding
  • History of analogue photography techniques
  • Photography: positives and negatives
  • Causes and detorioration of photographic materials
  • Prevention, archiving, consultation and exhibition of photographic materials
  • Photographic materials
  • How and when to act: basic techniques
To enrol on the course students must send the following documents to the Secretariat of the Institute for Art and Restoration:
1. Enrolment Form
2. Amministrative Regulations (signed and dated)
3. A copy of the payment receipt or bank transfer for the full course fee
4. A photocopy of an ID document
Students can send the documents by email to, by fax (+39 055 217963) or by post.
Students are advised to enrol at least two weeks before the course start date. Enrolments are accepted depending on the availability of places on the course.
Course fees can be paid directly to the Administration Office or by sending a check or postal order to:
Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro
Via Maggio, 13
50125 Firenze
Course fees can also be paid by bank transfer to the following account:
Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro
UNICREDIT SPA, agenzia di Firenze, Via de’ Vecchietti
Iban: IT 33 E 02008 02837 000000880880 


Restoration of Paper and Prints

Firenze 51st edition

Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro

80 hours
from 02/09/2019 to 27/09/2019


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