Conservation and Restoration of Paintings


To develop in the student skills to:

1) evaluate the current state of preservation of a cultural object,

2) the cause of previous damage,

3) the consequences of previous treatments,

4) the risks associated with proposed treatments

To introduce students to standards and protocols for testing the use of materials and techniques on actual objects and to carry out practical treatments.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Joana Moura Devesa, Sara Sobral Babo


Weekly - 6

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



Not aplied


The Conservation of Easel Paintings, Joyce Hill Stoner and Rebecca Rushfield (ed.),Routledge, Oxon, UK and New York, NY, 2012

Kirsh, Andrea and Rustin Levenson.  Seeing Through Paintings. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.

Horie, Velson Materials for Conservation: organic consolidants, adhesives and coatings, Routledge, Oxon, UK and New York, NY, 2013 (first published by Butterworths 1987).

Down, Jane Adhesive Compendium for Conservation, Canadian Conservation Institute, 2015

Dawson, W. Carr and Mark Leonard.  Looking at Paintings:  A Guide to Technical Terms.  Santa Monica, CA: The Getty Museum, 1992.

Supplementary: Gettens, R.J. and George L. Stout.  Painting Materials. New York: Dover, 1966. 

Teaching method

Available soon

Evaluation method

The evaluation includes the test (25%) + 2 mini-reports on preparation for the development of conservation and restoration practice (15%) + multiple choice mini-test  (5%)+ diagnostic report and intervention proposal (25%) "hand-on" (10%)+ final presentation & discussion (20%). The final classification results from the weighted average of these evaluation elements.

Subject matter

The primary focus is on developing in the students a critical approach to treatment options, including the choice of conservation materials and techniques used in treatment.

Full and detailed documentation will be carried out and presented in the following written Report which includes: Examination and Condition Report (including materials and techniques used in the object), Treatment Proposal, & Treatment Report, with full Photographic documentation carried out to the highest standard. 

Practical skills development will be based on treatment-related activities such as micro-testing, sampling and the preparation and application of conservation materials (e.g. consolidants & adhesives, surface coatings, reintegration etc).

Emphasis will be placed on each student demonstrating that they can argue the advantages and disadvantages related to each treatment material and each treatment approach for the assigned objects, and that they are aware of the same for the objects assigned to their fellow students in the course.