Conservation and Restoration: Ethics and Principles

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Conservation and Restoration: Ethics and Principles

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Archaeology, Art History, Studio Art

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    A 100-level Art History or Archeology course or permission of the Instructor.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This introductory course surveys the history of conservation and restoration, and addresses current ethical dilemmas faced by curators, art historians, scientists, and archeologists. Students will debate the various issues involved in the care of cultural heritage with reference to professional organizations, special interest groups, cultural identity and economic development. Present and past use of an artifact, whether as a functional object, as a cultural symbol, as an historical record, or as a domestic space, requires that the conservator understand both the tangible and intangible nature of object. Particular reference will be made to the art and archeology of Rome.

Course Disclaimer

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Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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