CoursesMastersMasters in Art Conservation and Restoration


In the sector of the management of artl heritage in museums, the themes of conservation and restoration have a strong and prominent role: the heritage we are bound to preserve needs proper preservation measures as a first and essential step towards promotion strategies. Despite these clear needs, art historians and technicians working in this sector sometimes do not receive, as part of their academic education and training, adequate information for a correct interpretation of a work of art’s state of deterioration or risk factors in order to launch proper procedures for artwork maintenance and conservation and to coordinate the restoration process including the documentation of the work and producing reports on the results. Clear teaching is also lacking on the understanding and interpretation of the role of museums as places that protect heritage as well as play a vital part in research, growth and cultural and social development.


This Masters aims to prepare applicants who intend to work in the heritage sector, providing competences and skills in sectors which are sometimes overlooked in educational programmes. Students will have the opportunity to develop a pragmatic approach to heritage preservation and conservation through the direct study of artworks and hands-on experience in restoration laboratories. The subjects studied will provide an overview in order to create a framewrok for evaluation of artworks from a material, technical and conservation viewpoint.
The course touches upon problems linked to heritage management and marketing so conservation projects can be linked to promotion, public display and funding plans.
Students will have the opportunity to test their acquired techniques of management and organisation through a dedicated practical project workshop. They will be involved in the practical organisation of a restoration project to be organised in the Florentine area.

Professional Profile

The professional profile defined by this course is that of a manager with a high level of cultural experience and with good specific knowledge which covers various types of art skills and resources such as history of museums and related problems in terms of management and organisation, including staff and human resources management and information skills and technologies. Students will also be able to recognise and evaluate cultural heritage artworks, to consider the possibility of launching conservation and restoration campaigns, to choose and identify the exhibition premises and the most appropriate exhibition plans, to choose the right type of artwork allocation and movement, to examine all the risks connected to the artefacts’ construction materials and to determine the necessary choices for preserving artworks and programmed maintenance respecting current sector laws and regulations.

Educational Training, Term Dates and Location

First session (10 February 2020 - 24 July 2020): theoretical sessions, project work sessions, technical visits, practical training, conferences and technical meetings, seminars, visiting professor sessions, research and documentation, intermediate checking and evaluations, laboratory of restoration.
Project workshop to produce working plan for the conservation, protection and cataloguing of a heritage site, object or collection.
Second session (1 September 2020 - 18 December 2020): at least a 4 months practical internship with a possible extension in Italy or abroad. Final exams.
Class schedule
From Monday to Sunday for a total number of 20/24 a week.
The sessions of the Master will take place at the historical location of Palazzo Ridolfi, Via Maggio, 13 in Florence.
Rules and Regulations
Legislation of Cultural Heritage
Safety in the workplace
Technical - Artistic 
Museology and Museography
Computing for Cultural Heritage and New Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage
The Management of the Museum
Handling and Packaging of Works of Art
History of Art Techniques
Theory and Techniques of Restoration
Virtual Restoration
Elements of Climatology
Elements of Cataloguing and Documentation
Laboratory of Restoration of Paintings
Restoration Laboratory of Manufacture 
Laboratory of Ceramics and Archaeological Material
Laboratory of Restoration of Frescoes
Restoration Laboratory of the Charter
Field Design
Design workshop for the development of a Restoration Project

Technical visits , seminars and study tours
Technical Visits to Museums , Galleries, Collections
Internal seminars with Visiting Professors
Internships in companies, museums, institutions, etc.



This Masters is reserved to:

  • Italian graduates of the “vecchio ordinamento didattico” (before the University reform act of the Academic Year 2001/2002) in “Letter”, History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Cultural Heritage Technician, Architecture and similar.

  • Italian graduates of the “nuovo ordinamento didattico” in all the degrees included in the following list: Science of Cultural Heritage, Technologies for  Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Conservation and Restoration, History of Art and similar. Science of Tourism applied to Cultural Heritage, Economy of territorial Tourism, Communication and Management of Art and Culture Markets and similar.

  • International graduates in equivalent degrees coming from foreign universities. Please be aware that this course is taught in Italian. A B2 level in the European Common Framework is required before beginning the course. Language support is availble during the course. Please contact the Secretariat for advice about intensive Italian language programmes.

  • Graduates in other degree courses, with previous the advance approval of the Scientific Committee.

Accreditation Status

Palazzo Spinelli is accredited and officially licensed to offer its academic programmes through the Regione Toscana in accordance with the Decree no.1722 of the 25 March 2003 and subsequent Decree no. 373 of the 06 February 2009. Palazzo Spinelli is supporting member of the ASFOR, “Associazione Italiana per la Formazione Manageriale”.
The Masters gives 60 credits, which is shown on the final certification and calculated based on the actual duration of the individual modules or subjects, taking into account the impact that these have had on the study and individual research. These credits can be relied on to continue their studies as recognized by universities and non-state universities as far as Italy according to DM 509/99, on the autonomy of universities teaching, as amended by D.MIUR 270/04.
Masters in Art Conservation and Restoration

Firenze 22th edition

Palazzo Spinelli Associazione

1500 hours
from 10/02/2020 to 18/12/2020


Next edition
from 11/02/2021 to 20/12/2021

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