90701 - LAB - Conservation of Cultural Heritage: Theories and Practices

Scheda insegnamento

  • Docente Andrea Bacchi

  • Crediti formativi 6

  • SSD L-ART/01

  • Lingua di insegnamento Inglese

  • Campus di Bologna

  • Corso Laurea Magistrale in Arti visive (cod. 9071)

  • Orario delle lezioni dal 24/03/2021 al 07/05/2021


L'insegnamento contribuisce al perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030 dell'ONU.

Istruzione di qualità Partnership per gli obiettivi

Anno Accademico 2020/2021

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

Students become familiar with the regulations, cataloguing standards and software applications necessary for cultural heritage conservation, and most commonly used in the national and international arena. In particular, through the acquired knowledge, they possess the methods of examination, documentation, storage and preventative conservation of the art works.


This Lab will address a significant case study in the story of the conservation of Cultural Heritage, with a specific focus on the analysis of a digital heritage "ecosystem", within the broader context of an emerging digital culture. Federico Zeri (1921-1998) was one of the most outstanding Italian art historians of the Twentieth century. His interests were mostly devoted to Italian art from the Middle Age to the Neoclassical period. He bequeath to Bologna University his art history library (which counts almost 80.000 volumes) and his photographic archive (more than 290.000 photographs of works of art). A large part of this archive has been digitalized, and is freely accessible via internet. The Lab will introduce the student to Zeri’s achievements in the field of art history, and will explain how the cataloguing work is conducted at the Federico Zeri Foundation. Students will take advantage of some practical researches linked to the history of art, the history and technique of the art historical reproduction photography, cataloguing and digitalizing new standards.


Federico Zeri, Behind the image. The art of reading paintings, Heinemann, London 1987 (italian edition, Dietro l’immagine. Conversazioni sull’arte di leggere l’arte, Longanesi, Milano 1987; french edition, Derrière l’image. Conversations sur l’art de lire l’art, Rivages, Paris 1988).

La Pittura italiana nella Fototeca Zeri. Fotografie scelte, Lazio, Toscana, Marche, Umbria, Emilia Romagnaa cura di Anna Ottani Cavina con la collaborazione di Marta Forlai, Umberto Allemandi & C., Torino 2011 (with english text)

Federico Zeri et le connoisseurship, a cura di Anna Ottani Cavina e Mauro Natale, Paris Tableau, Paris 2013

Marilena Daquino, Francesca Mambelli, Silvio Peroni, Francesca Tomasi, and Fabio Vitali. 2017, Enhancing Semantic Expressivity in the Cultural Heritage Domain: Exposing the Zeri Photo Archive as Linked Open Data, ACM J. Comput. Cult. Herit. 10, 4, Article 21 (July 2017), 21 pages.


Metodi didattici

Metodi didattici

Due to the restrictions imposed by the current health emergency, this teaching activity will be carried out in the following manner: (indicare la modalità adottata tra le seguenti)

Traditional method: the teacher will always be present personally in the indicated classroom during this teaching activity. The students will alternate their presence, according to a schedule of shifts being defined

(more detailed information regarding the shifts and about the modalities to get access to the classroom lessons will be provided soon). It will always be possible to connect remotely and to follow live lessons via the online platform TEAMS.

Restricted places for incoming exchange students:

Places for incoming exchange students in this teaching activity are limited and are primarily reserved to students enrolled in art related programmes at their home university. To check availability, please write to amac@unibo.it [mailto:amac@unibo.it].

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

The laboratory does not provide for a verification, but the achievement of eligibility through compulsory attendance. The specific nature of the workshop makes it necessary to have a limited number for a maximum of 20 people.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Power point presentations, photographs belonging to Federico Zeri's photographic archive, scanner, personal laptop (strongly recommended).

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Andrea Bacchi