Teaching Paper Conservation at the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome

Since the Academic Year 2018/2019 Federica Delia has been teaching Paper Conservation at the Academy of Fine Art of Rome, within the MA in Technology of Paper Materials.
The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge on the conservation and restoration of paper, focusing on its physico-chemical properties and the material interactions with the surrounding environment. Principal treatments are explained and shown to the students, who are guided in choosing suitable materials, carrying out the conservation intervention and mounting works of art on paper with different methods. Specific attention is addressed to the causes of deterioration and their resulting effects on paper supports and graphic media, in order to investigate permanence and durability of materials used in the production of paper artworks.

Course programme:

  • theory of conservation
  • brief history of paper and its making
  • European and Oriental tradition, ancient and modern paper: different features in comparison
  • paper cultures and itineraries, tools and raw materials
  • paper artifacts (books, documents, prints, photographs, etc.)
  • other writing supports (papyrus, parchment, leather, etc.)
  • paper chemistry and technology
  • paper deterioration
  • preventive conservation
  • housing and storage
  • emergency management and preparedness
  • conservation treatments
  • solvents and adhesives
  • paper for conservation
  • conservation mountings for exhibition
  • practical laboratory training
  • visits to museum, archival or library collections and to paper conservation laboratories