LEGS491 Conservation Law, Business, & Management, Roberta Lapucci, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

LEGS491 Conservation Law, Business, & Management, Roberta Lapucci, Fall 2019

The course is separated into two parts. 

PART I is a theoretical seminar concerning legislative issues related to the protection of cultural heritage from damages provoked by war, international commerce, abandon, and lack of care. Tutelage, safeguard, control, and sponsorship are also studied, as well as ethical guidelines for restorers and specific laws pertaining to the profession.

PART II is devoted to writing, documentation of work, and preparation of promotional materials. Ideas emphasized include the importance of:

  • Research. Libraries, archives and photography collections in Florence and Rome, as well as sources available on the internet. (Citing sources, bibliographies...)
  • Keeping a journal and proper documentation for your portfolio, including proper written and photo documentation
  • Technical cards and professional documentation of projects
  • Examples of active preservation and tutelage of artworks
  • Examples of management and exhibitions, presentation, and promotional materials
  • Rules on preventative conservation
  • Health and safety regulations
  • Online sources and organizations


Tuesday, Sept. 10
The concept of "Cultural Heritage" and the main ethical principles for conservation.

Tuesday, Sept. 17
Health and safety regulations for conservators (hazards) and portable devices for microclimate checks in museums (temperature, humidity, vibrations).

Tuesday, Sept. 24
Tutelage in Italy from its origin to the Unity of Italy in 1860. 

Tuesday, Oct. 1
Italian laws from 1869 to 1939.
Law no. 1089 of 1939 and its revisions. The Testo Unico of 2000, recent developments and changes (Franceschini and Bonassola laws).

Tuesday, Oct. 8
Italian regions and State. Laws on architectural heritage.

Tuesday, Oct. 15
The European Community and international laws on art circulation.

Tuesday, Oct. 22
Midterm Exam.

MIDTERM BREAK (October 26 - November 3)

Tuesday, Nov. 5
The professional qualification: the historical birth of laboratories. Main schools, associations, laboratories, workshops in the conservation area.

Tuesday, Nov. 12
Lecture by Superintendance Officer.

Tuesday, Nov. 19
Transportation, handling, exhibiting artworks.

Tuesday, Nov. 26
International organizations and computerized networks.

Tuesday, Dec. 3
Fundraising, sponsorship, and image marketing.

Tuesday, Dec. 10
Carabinieri and police regulations.
Review for Final Exam.

Tuesday, Dec. 17
Final Exam.


Grading is based on attendance, effort, improvement, and demonstration of knowledge gained through the course will also be taken into consideration.

Graduate Students
Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac 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, if they successfully complete all course requirements for graduate students, receive graduate-level credit for the course.


General Safety & Emergency Instructions

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

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