cod. 1007829

Academic year 2018/19
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Chimica dell'ambiente e dei beni culturali (CHIM/12)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
55 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course intends to give the student, within the framework of the European descriptors for the three-year degrees (Dublin descriptors), the tools to develop the knowledge and the capacity to understand the artistic good, through the study of the materials Original, Degradation and restoration (1st descriptor-Knowledge and ability to understand).
At the end of the course the student must be able to: • Apply such knowledge and comprehension skills in addressing, with a professional approach and through the conception of arguments, different questions of knowledge of constituent materials A work of art, • Knowledge of the original materials constituting a cultural good, • The processes of degradation that afflicge the artistic and cultural works,
• Appropriate materials and techniques of intervention conservatively of an artistic and cultural work,
• Elaboration of a conservative intervention protocol on the work of Art (2nd descriptor-Knowledge and comprehension skills applied);
• Independently collect and interpret articles, protocols of conservative interventions (3rd descriptor-autonomy of judgement);
• Communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions of conservation interventions of pictorial Works (4th Descriptor-communicative skills);
• Develop further learning skills necessary to undertake successive studies with a high degree of autonomy in the field of cultural heritage (5th Descriptor-Ability to learn).


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Course unit content

• The polychrome works of art
• Stone Materials
• The glassy materials
• Ceramic Materials
• Metallic materials

Full programme

The polychrome works of art
The mural Paintings.
Pictorial techniques. Structure and materials constitutive of polychrome works of art.
Painting media.
The Stratigraphic investigations.
Methods of investigation of pictorial surfaces.
The conservative treatment of polychrome surfaces.
Presentation and discussion of case studies.
Stone Artifacts.
Black crusts
The vitreous materials. Interest to the study of the glass. Formation of natural glass. The precursors of glass.
Stained glass windows.
Ceramics definition. Ceramic Ceramics in the history of the man. Raw materials. The properties of the clay. The cooking process. Classification of the ceramics. Technological classification. Cooking. The color of the ceramics. The coatings.
Analytical techniques for the study of ceramics. Metallic materials.
Interest in the study of metals.
Analytical techniques for the study of metallic materials.


L. Campanella, A. Casoli, M.P. Colombini, R. Marini Bettolo, M. Matteini, L. M. Migneco, A. Montenero, L. Nodari, C. Piccioli, M. Plossi Zappala’, G. Portalone, U. Russo, M. P. Sammartino, Chimica per l'arte, Zanichelli editore, 2007 .

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures, accompanied by PowerPoint projections (documents, works of art, videos, documentaries). The digital dossier that collects the material projected during the lessons is available at the end of the course on the distance learning platform Elly

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of learning provides for an oral interview on the teaching programme

Other information

Expected Learning Outcomes
To be able to evaluate the possibilities present in the chemical field for a suitable knowledge and valorization (preservation, recovery) of the historical-artistic cultural heritage. Know how to distinguish materials according to the chemical composition. Know how to understand the strengths (inertia, stability) and weakness (reactivity, instability) of the materials. From the physico-chemical properties of the substances constituting the study materials know how to recognize and evaluate the state of preservation and the potential causes of degradation.