CoursesShort and Summer CoursesAdvanced Cleaning Techniques using Non Toxic Methods


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 advanced cleaning course using non toxic methods aims to provide participants with the theory and practical skills on alternative methods to clean polychrome surfaces.

Contact Hours and Location

From Monday to Friday every afternoon from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a total of 40 hours.

The first week is theory-based and the second week is practical work in the laboratories.

The course is held at the historic location of Palazzo Ridolfi, in Via Maggio 13, Florence, and in the laboratories in Via delle Casine 21/rosso, Florence.


The course is open to restorers, collaborator restorers, sector experts, graduates in history of art and sciences for the conservation of cultural heritage. The course is taught in Italian.


A Certificate of Attendance is issued to all participants at the end of the course.


  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemistry of binders, adhesives and natural varnishes
  • Pigments: characteristics and uses
  • Cemistry of solvents
  • Concepts of solubility and the solvent strength
  • Tensioactives, resin-soaps and solvent gels.
  • Water-based cleaning
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 


Advanced Cleaning Techniques using Non Toxic Methods

Firenze 1st edition

Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro

40 hours
from 01/07/2019 to 12/07/2019


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