ARTS(BM)400 Conservation: Books, Manuscripts, Art on Paper, Nenad Jovanovic, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTS(BM)400 Conservation: Books, Manuscripts, Art on Paper, Nenad Jovanovic, Fall 2019


Week 1

Monday, September 9
Lecture: Sewing for bookbinding
Practice: Bookbinding

Week 2

Monday, September 16
Lecture: History of parchment and leather
Practice: Bookbinding

Week 3

Monday, September 23
Lecture: Photography for paper conservation
Practice: Bookbinding

Week 4

Monday, September 30
Lecture: Introduction to paper making
Practice: Bookbinding

Week 5

Monday, October 7
Lecture: Restoration of paper
Practice: Print Conservation, mechanical cleaning, washing prints

Week 6

Monday, October 14
Lecture: Restoration of paper with leaf casting
Practice: Print Conservation, repairing missing parts

Week 7

Monday, October 21
Practice: Print Conservation, retouching
Midterm Exam


Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK (October 26 - November 3)


Week 9

Monday, November 4
Lecture: Introduction to conservation of manuscripts
Practice: Making medieval miniatures on parchment

Week 10

Monday, November 11
Lecture: Conservation of large formats
Practice: Paper conservation, bookbinding

Week 11

Monday, November 18
Lecture: Paper deacidification
Practice: Paper conservation, bookbinding

Week 12

Monday, November 25
Lecture: Matboard and framing
Practice: Paper conservation, bookbinding

Week 13

Monday, December 2
Lecture: Bookbinding conservation
Practice: Paper conservation, bookbinding

Week 14

Monday, December 9
Practice: Paper conservation, bookbinding
Final Review

Week 15

Monday, December 16
Lecture: Conservation box
Practice: Paper conservation, bookbinding
Final Exam and grading


Study Material

Handouts will be available in the library in printed or digital form with all necessary material to prepare for Midterm and Final exams.


Grading is based on two written exams and on the practical work carried out on prints and books. Attendance, effort, improvement and demonstration of knowledge gained through the course is also taken into consideration.

Graduate Students
Students in MFA, MA and Post-Back programs are expected to complete additional assignments and to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are graded accordingly and, it they successfully complete all court requirements for graduate student, receive graduate level credit for the course.

General Safety & Emergency Instructions

Click here for a pdf of SACI's General Safety & Emergency instructions.

Additional Safety Information

First-Aid Kits in the Painting Conservation Studios
There are two sets of first-aid kits in the painting conservation studios.  Green and orange first-aid kits are in both the room adjacent to the main studio and the room next to the diagnostic area.  The green first-aid kit is for eye injuries.  It contains a solution for application to the eyes, eye patches, plastic container, and scissors. The orange first-aid kit is for other injuries. It contains disinfectant, band aids, sterile pads (2 sets of different sizes), adhesive tape, scissors, cotton, tweezers, sterile gloves, liquid solution for cleaning wounds, a latex tourniquet, and first-aid instructions.

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