ARTS(BM)400 Conservation: Books, Manuscripts, Art on Paper, Nenad Jovanovic, Spring 2020 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTS(BM)400 Conservation: Books, Manuscripts, Art on Paper, Nenad Jovanovic, Spring 2020


Week 1
Monday, January 13

Lecture: Sewing for bookbinding
Practice: Bookbinding

Week 2
Monday, January 20

Lecture: History of parchment and leather
Practice: Bookbinding

Week 3
Monday, January 27

Lecture: Photography for paper conservation
Practice: Bookbinding

Week 4
Monday, February 3

Lecture: Introduction to paper making
Practice: Bookbinding

Week 5
Monday, February 10

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

Week 6
Monday, February 17

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

Week 7
Monday, February 24

Practice: Print Conservation, retouching
Midterm Exam


Week 8 - MIDTERM BREAK (February 29 - March 8)


Week 9
Monday, March 9

Lecture: Introduction to conservation of manuscripts
Practice: Making medieval miniatures on parchment

Week 10
Monday, March 16

Lecture: Conservation of large formats
Practice: Paper conservation, bookbinding

Week 11
Monday, March 23

Lecture: Paper deacidification
Practice: Paper conservation, bookbinding

Week 12
Monday, March 30

Lecture: Matboard and framing
Practice: Paper conservation, bookbinding

Week 13
Monday, April 6

Lecture: Bookbinding conservation
Practice: Paper conservation, bookbinding

Week 14
Friday, April 17

Practice: Paper conservation, bookbinding
Final Review

Week 15
Monday, April 20

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 a written exam and on the practical work carried out on prints and books as follows:

  • Practice 70% divided in: book binding 25%; miniature 25%; cleaning retouching 25%; prints 25%
  • Theory 30% divided in: Participation/presence in class/questions 25%; written test 75%

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

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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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