Course Content (Syllabus)
MODULE 1 (6 Hours): History and principles of restoration. Studies on the authenticity of artifacts. The effects of microclimate and ozone on the monuments (particularly byzantine monuments).
MODULE 2 (9 Hours): Characterization techniques applied in the study of cultural objects (Microscopies, X-Ray Diffraction analysis and fluorescence, Infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Optically stimulated luminescence and Thermoluminesence, Laser applications, SIMS method, neutron activation analysis, Radiocarbon dating using the 14C isotope technique, Thermal analysis, micro- and macro- photography in visible, ultraviolet and infrared light, and others).
MODULE 3 (12 Hours): Materials of the artifacts which are studied and restored with the aforementioned techniques (along with examples): Murals and portable icons, Ceramics (technology, corrosion, restoration), Glass, Marble, Porcelain, Ancient and historic metallic artifacts, gold objects, Coins, Paper, Mosaics, Textiles, Wooden objects (wooden iconostases), and others.
MODULE 4 (9 Hours): Examples applications of restoring famous artists’ artifacts, and study of their artistic work. Modern materials used in conservation of works of art (e.g. epoxy resins, etc.).