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I semester a.y. 2023/2024


Lecturer: Massimo Albanese

Start: to be determined

Time: to be determined

Where: Genovino classroom (Darsena Economia, Via Vivaldi 5)

Methods: the workshop will be limited in number and classes will be conducted in presence. Any selection will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested parties should send an email requesting enrollment between September 11 and the start date of the workshop. To enroll, send an email to taking care to indicate "LABORATORY ENROLLMENT" as the subject line and specify first name last name, freshman, course of study, year of course.

The laboratory, activated by the Bachelor's degree program in Conservation of Cultural Heritage but also open to students of the Master's degree program in Art History and Enhancement of Artistic Heritage, aims to provide the basic knowledge for a group of applications (software) that can be used in the field of cultural heritage. In particular, the paradigmatic elements characterizing the type of software in question will be analyzed during the workshop and, for the purpose of setting up and developing a project work, the procedures for using the software adopted by the workshop will be illustrated.

For more information, visit the lab page on Aulaweb, which will be activated by the end of September.


Lecturer: Maria Ludovica Rosati

Start: Thursday, October 19, 2023


  • Thursday, October 19, 2023 2-4 pm (2 hours)
  • Friday, October 20, 2023 1-4 p.m. (3 hours)
  • Friday, October 27, 2023 1-4 p.m. (3 hours)
  • Friday, November 10, 2023 13-16 hours (3 hours)
  • Friday, November 17, 2023 1-4 p.m. (3 hours)
  • Thursday, November 23, 2023 14-16 hours (2 hours)

Where: Textile Depot Museum Palazzo Reale, Genoa

Manner:In-person. To enroll, send an email to taking care to indicate as the subject "LABORATORY ENROLLMENT TEXTILE MANUFACTURING SCHEDULE" and to specify first name last name, freshman, course of study, year of course.


The workshop is mainly intended for those enrolled in the course History of Textile and Fashion Techniques 2023-24 and those who have already taken it in previous academic years. Participation is also open to those who have not yet taken the History of Textile and Fashion Techniques course, subject to an orientation interview with the lecturer. The workshop aims to deepen and apply the principles and methodologies of analysis, recognition and cataloging of textile artifacts, working in direct contact with a collection of ancient textiles.
During the workshop, the criteria for proper cataloging of textile artifacts (according to CIETA standards and  ministerial cataloging regulations) will be presented through the analysis of works belonging to the antique textiles collection of Palazzo Reale (Genoa).
Participants will be guided in the recognition of the different textile structures and types (joined and worked fabrics; textile decoration techniques such as embroidery, impression etc.) and in the writing of a cataloguing card.


  • Contribute to the understanding and recognition of historical textile types presented in the History of Textile and Fashion Techniques course;    
  • Provide survey tools and methodologies for reading historical textile works within a museum collection context representative of a scenario that participants may also encounter in their future professional careers;
  • Develop textile-specific filing skills and cataloguing skills that can also be applied to other genres of works;
  • Incourage teamwork skills and relational dynamics through a practice of collective involvement of participants in reading works, and, in parallel, contribute to the development of progressive autonomy in carrying out technical analysis.

Structure, dates, times

The workshop has a duration of 25 hours, 16 of which are lecture and 9 individual study. It is divided into 6 meetings (one introductory and one concluding 2-hour meeting and four intermediate meetings of 3 hours each).
The introductory meeting, conducted with Dr. Valentina Fiore, officer in charge of the textile collection of the Royal Palace, will be on the formation and the size and history of the museum's textile collection.
This will be followed by four meetings of hands-on activities in the depository, during which guided textile readings and filing will take place. Each of the four intermediate meetings will be structured in a frontal presentation of one or more textile types (also retrieving slides and materials already presented in the lectures of the course on the history of textile and fashion techniques) and in a participatory feedback of the characteristics of the said types on some historical artifacts in the collection. In the second part of each meeting, a number of cards will be collectively drafted, with reference to both CIETA specialized parameters and the ICCD regulations applied to textile works (O/A and VeAC cards).
A concluding meeting is scheduled at the end of the workshop, where participants will be required to independently draft one or more artifact sheets. These sheets will have the value of a final test.

Methodology, materials and final evaluation

The teaching methodology includes guided readings of the works in the presence and collective filing exercises. During the workshop, participants will be provided with teaching materials (slides and bibliographical references) related to the materials analyzed.
For credit, attendance at the workshop is mandatory (absences must not exceed 25 percent of the total workshop hours).
Successful completion of the final exam is not binding for credit, but can be capitalized for the benefit of the exam for the History of Textile and Fashion Techniques course for A.Y. 2023/2024.
For those who successfully pass the final lab exercise, the course exam will cover only the topics of the second module (History of Costume and Fashion), while for those who do not pass the test or have not attended the lab, the final exam will include the topics of both modules.

Syllabus of the meetings

  1. Collecting, cataloging, enhancing collections of historical textiles in a museum context
  2. Presentation of the CIETA board
  3. United textiles and derivatives
  4. Operated Fabrics
  5. Other textile types
  6. O/A card and VeAC card (ancient and contemporary garments)
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II semester a.y. 2022/2023


Lecturer: Sara Rulli

Start: April 21, 2023 (subsequent dates 28/04/2023; 5/5/2023, 12/5/2023, 19/5/2023, 26/5/2023)

Timetable: Fridays 2-5pm

Where:classroom lectures (Classroom R in Via Balbi 6) and field trips

Mode:in-person (classroom lectures and field trips). To enroll, send an email to taking care to indicate "LABORATORY ENROLLMENT" as the subject and to specify last name, freshman, CdS, year of course.

The course will address the history of Genoese architecture from the 16th century to the present through the analysis of the architectural language and the reading of the spaces of a selection of significant architectures for each period; the meetings (which will take place partly in the classroom, partly through visits to the territory) will provide students with the methodological tools useful for the observation, reading and experimentation of architectural space, which will be deepened in its chronological development and in its relations with the local, national and international cultural context, in its relations with the city as well as in the analysis of sources (ex. archival documents, bibliography, iconography, plans of the artifact, cartographies at the urban and territorial scale, photographs...: in this area will also be addressed to the reading of architectural drawing - plans, elevations, sections).

The structure of the Workshop will be divided into two parts: the first, of 18 hours, will take place partly in the classroom, partly on the territory, and will be divided into 6 lectures of 3 hours each; the second, corresponding to the remaining 7 hours, will be devoted by individual students to the study and deepening of the topics addressed in the first part, working, with the support of the lecturer, on the drafting of a summary sheet that analyzes and illustrates the architecture of an artifact of their choice or among those that will be proposed by the lecturer at the end of the course.


Lecturer: Lucio Argano

Start: Thursday, May 11, 2023


  • Thursday, May 11, 2023 9am-1pm (4 hours)
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  • Friday, May 12, 2023 9am-1pm (4 hours)
  • Thursday, May 18, 2023 9am-1pm (4 hours)
  • Friday, May 19, 2023 9am-1pm (4 hours)

Where: Estremo Ponente classroom (Darsena - Economy)

Mode:in-person. To register, send an email to the email address taking care to indicate as the subject "LABORATORY ENROLLMENT SELF-EMPLOYMENT" and to specify first name last name, freshman, CdS, year of the course.


The Workshop, consistent with the aims of the Degree Course, is designed as an operational seminar moment with the aim of providing participants with the knowledge, approaches and tools to act in the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage through entrepreneurial, organizational and design formulas. The creation of new cultural enterprises is addressed, according to recurring associative and corporate forms and through cultural business plans capable of assessing their effectiveness, opportunities, risks, intervention spaces and sustainability over time. At the same time, the Workshop aims to stimulate the participants' design capacity by encouraging practices of ideation, feasibility, planning, implementation and evaluation of cultural initiatives and events.


  • contribute to the managerial development of the participants, framing the actions of promotion and enhancement of artistic heritage within an entrepreneurial, organizational and managerial dimension in its most obvious critical implications (opportunities and risks, context, constraints, governance of resources, planning and control, communication, quality, evaluation, critical analytical skills, verification of different feasibility);
  • provide information and knowledge elements on the functioning of cultural enterprises, recurring legal organizational models, analysis and evaluation tools for the establishment of new entities;
  • provide a methodological kit of approaches, tools and techniques referring to cultural planning in its ideational, ex ante evaluation (feasibility), programming and implementation stages;
  • encourage teamwork skills and relational dynamics, through a methodology of collective involvement of participants on exercises and discussions of concrete cases, but also emphasizing the importance of managing the different stakeholders of each enterprise and project;
  • acting on the development of strategic, planning, relational and service behavior skills, stimulating individual capabilities and attitudes to undertake also as personal confidence awareness and resources.

Facility, dates, times

The structure of the Workshop is divided into two parts:

  • the first part focuses on "subjects" that act organizationally in the cultural sector in various forms and that, regardless of profit or nonprofit nature, constitute forms of cultural enterprise, with particular attention to the methods, operations and evaluations that need to be considered for their creation and management (skills, market dimension, strategic profile, demand and supply, legal forms and organizational models, economic-financial dimension, sustainability), including with cultural business plan models and Canvas;
  • The second part, on the other hand, privileges the activities carried out by cultural enterprises in their different types and declinations, focusing on project culture and thus on tools and practical knowledge for the implementation of cultural projects and events (cultural project management).

The workshop has a duration of 25 hours, including 16 hours of lecture and 9 hours of individual study. It is divided into 4 meetings of 4 hours each.

Thursday, May 11, 2023 9 am-1 pm (4 hours)

Friday, May 12, 2023 9 am-1 pm (4 hours)

Thursday, May 18, 2023 9am-1pm (4 hours)

Friday, May 19, 2023 9am-1pm (4 hours)

Methodology, materials and final evaluation


The teaching methodology includes lectures for the theoretical part, with the use of teaching aids (slides), viewing of films, discussion of cases.

As a final test, participants, individually or in small groups, may choose to create a concise business plan of their own proposal for a new cultural organization or alternatively a feasibility plan of an assigned cultural project, both following work grids prepared by the lecturer.

All teaching materials, with the exception of video documentation, will be given to participants. Bibliographic sources will be available at

Syllabus of the meetings

I. Cultural enterprises: the strategic and market dimensions

  • Constituent elements, types, characteristics, recurring forms;
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  • Strategic profile, mission, values and ethics, vision, business model, relationship with the context (stakeholders, factors and norms, connection with policies, sectoral peculiarities);
  • Markets, competitive arena, objectives, demand analysis, targets, supply system, positioning.

II. Cultural enterprises: the organizational and economic-financial dimensions

  • Referential legal forms and models (profit, nonprofit, Testo Unico Terzo Settore, network contracts, etc.);
  • Organizational models, functioning and operational mechanisms;
  • Provisional budget, financial statements;
  • Formal requirements and administrative aspects (establishment and operation when fully operational);

III. Cultural project management: general aspects and ideational phase

  • Hints on the principles of cultural planning (actions, events, project scopes);
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  • Relationships and relevance to cultural business practice;
  • Cultural project life cycle;
  • The ideational start and project triggers;
  • Analysis and evaluation of the internal, external and competitive context;
  • The strategic scope and logic of the project;
  • The development of the concept (content) and related activity (offering system and schedule);

IV. Cultural project management: activation, planning and implementation

  • The analysis of technical, organizational, economic, marketing feasibility;
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  • Forms and sources of public (calls) and private funding, (sponsors, crowdfunding);
  • Risk assessment and contingency/convenience plans;
  • The definition of implementation, co-production, networking guidelines;
  • The planning of actions, timing, milestones, control actions, human and technical resources, and the business plan (budget);
  • Hints on contractual aspects, bureaucracies, technical-logistical management and communication.

The cataloguing of cultural heritage
Methodologies tools and regulations between art historical analysis, ICCD and SIGECWEB platform

2 CFUs

Lecturers: Valentina Fiore, Ada Gabucci

Start: April 5, 2023

Time Schedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am-1pm. This will be two meetings per week of 4 hours each for a total of 8 meetings; the remaining hours to reach the 50 constitute self-study that will lead to realization of catalog cards, necessary for obtaining the 2 CFUs.

Where: aula Magna (Via Balbi 2); two meetings are scheduled at the Museum of the Royal Palace (Via Balbi 10) and at the Depot of the Textile Collection of the Royal Palace (Via Balbi 10). Schedule:

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    April 5 - Ada Gabucci (general introductory part)

  • April 6 - Valentina Fiore

  • April 12 - Ada Gabucci

  • April 13 - Ada Gabucci

  • April 19 - Valentina Fiore (Royal Palace)

  • April 20 - Valentina Fiore (Royal Palace)

  • April 26 - Ada Gabucci

  • April 27 - Valentina Fiore

Methods: in attendance (classroom lectures and practical application in museum). Compulsory 75% overall attendance on each lab section. At the end of the class, the student must produce and submit 5 catalog cards to the lecturers which will be corrected and verified. Only upon completion of the verification of the cards will a certificate of participation and attendance in the workshop itself be issued. 
To enroll send an email to the email address, indicating as the subject "LABORATORY ENROLLMENT" and specifying first name last name, freshman, Course of Study, year of the course, Tax Code (necessary to open a profile in the platform). Maximum number of enrollment 25 students, according to the order of arrival of applications.

Presentation: The course will address the topic of cataloging cultural heritage in all its forms, through two distinct but complementary modules, thus providing technical lectures illustrating the computer tools available today and lectures in which art historical analysis is adapted and applied to cataloging.

The first part of the workshop will then include general introductory lectures on cataloging and related methodologies, with an overview of the past and a brief analysis of the current situation and future developments. Particular attention will be paid to the new catalog site and its potential in data sharing and reuse. This will be followed by lectures more specifically devoted to the use of SIGECweb, with a focus on the system and its functionality.

The second part, on the other hand, will be devoted to the technical-scientific application of art historical knowledge in the field of cataloguing: through the analysis and direct study of materials (paintings, sculptures, applied art, textiles) and with the correct tools (gloves, tape measure, lens, camera) it will thus be possible to create in a guided way real catalog cards, verifying in the field the problems related to the cataloguing of art historical goods.


Objectives: the course has the following objectives:

  • provide information and knowledge elements, including at the regulatory and technical application level, on the cataloging of cultural heritage
  • provide a methodological kit of approaches, tools and techniques referring to the practice of cataloging cultural heritage
  • stimulate and encourage the observation and analysis of the cultural artifact, applying and systemizing their theoretical knowledge of the art history of cultural heritage

Materials Support:

On the ICCD website there is an active page ( where a number of manuals organized into the following areas are made available:

  • "The cataloging area," which contains manuals explaining the main functions found in the cataloging area
  • "The Administration Area," which contains manuals explaining the main functions found in the administration area
  • "The Geographic Functions," which contains the manuals related to the use of the geographic module and the cartographic display of geographic information
  • "How to ...", provides access to a set of specific manuals for performing certain operations in the system

Lecturer: Chico Schoen

Start: March 6, 2023

Timetable: Monday 14-16

Where: Classroom G (Balbi Street 4), according to this schedule:

  • March 6, 2023
  • March 13, 2023
  • March 20, 2023
  • 27 March 2023
  • 3 April 2023
  • April 17, 2023
  • May 8, 2023
  • May 15, 2023
  • 22 May 2023
  • May 29, 2023

Methods: larticulated lectures with the support of multimedia materials and designed to encourage discussion on the topics addressed; students will be asked to create the design of an exhibition that takes into account all the theoretical aspects addressed during the lectures (conception of the conceptof the exhibition, set-up, promotion, budget management, etc.).
Lectures are held mainly in the classroom (mixed mode), but visits to art galleries in the area and meetings with artists (in-person only) are planned.
The workshop requires a registration which must be communicated to the lecturer via email at:, taking care to indicate as the subject line "LABORATORY ENROLLMENT" and to specify first name last name, freshman, CdS, year of course.



The workshop addresses theoretical and practical issues related to the so-called "contemporary art system," with specific attention to exhibition practices and the running of a contemporary art gallery. The involvement of artists and practitioners is expected. The workshop, which will allow the acquisition of 1 CFU Other Activities, is designed, in particular, as an integration of the module of Methodologies for the study of contemporary art (cod. 65058, prof. Paola Valenti) and certified attendance will allow the substitution of part of the examination bibliography (subject to agreement with the lecturers).


  • provide elements of information and knowledge on the functioning of art galleries and the contemporary art system in general, with a specific focus on market strategies and collecting trends;  
  • provide participants with notions and practical examples on how to design and set up contemporary art exhibitions, applicable to public, private, and exhibition settings;
  • encourage teamwork skills and interpersonal dynamics through involving participants in group exercises and case discussions;
  • acting on the development of design skills;
  • provide ideas and practical information on possible career outlets.


Lecturer: Paolo A.M. Triolo

Start: March 14, 2023

Timetable: Tuesdays 4-7 p.m. Hourly duration: 12 hours in attendance; 13 hours of personal student activity. The total amount of hours is 25 hours.

Where: 3 blocks of 3 hours each in Classroom E (Via Balbi 4) on March 14, March 28 and April 4; 1 block of 3 hours in external museum venue on May 2

Methods: Frontal and interactive lectures; practical-application classes in laboratory. Mandatory 75% attendance on each lab section. The lab is limited (maximum 25 students). You must contact the lecturer at

to register.

. Knowledge and understanding of the historical and theoretical foundations of IR and UV fluorescence investigation and standards of proper documentation .
Understanding of the potential and methodologies of IR investigation in relation to the role of the art historian, particularly for the study of underdrawing.
Application in laboratory or site settings of the knowledge gained.
Understanding of the results, evaluation of the condition of the cultural property examined in relation to the conservation process. 
Ability to translate, through written or oral reports, information obtained from diagnostic surveys; critical discussion of results among students and with the instructor in relation to information from other course instructors or external sources. 

. A. Theoretical lectures (with video support and slides 6 hours)

  1. historical and technical introduction to IR reflectography and UV fluorescence
  2. casing and interpretation of data on repertory material 
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  4. methodology for autopsy and imaging diagnostic analysis; DIAGNOSTIC REPORT writing
  5. integrated reading and inter-group comparison

B. Practical lessons (with computer support 3 hours)

  1. Colorcorrection for visible light and multispectral scope 
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  3. Postproduction for false colors 
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  5. Data storage
  6. Multilevel files for diagnostic reading

C. Hands-on classes at external museum site (with technical instrumentation provided by LABIR Osiris InGaAs laboratory room and lecturer's staff  3 hours)

  1. General methodology for surveying in photography and IR reflectography 
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  3. General methodology for surveying in UV fluorescence 

D. Independent student activity (13 hours)

  1. Diagnostic Reading and Technical Stylistic Analysis of a different work for each student (acquired or repertory materials)
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  3. Preparation of a basic diagnostic report
  4. Idevising (non-designing) an integrated intervention of protection, restoration and enhancement of the work under consideration (establishment of the working group, information dissemination options)

. The course implies taking the History of Art Techniques course, Prof. Galassi. 

D.1 Knowledge and understanding of the theoretical foundations of UV reflectography and fluorescence and the standards of proper documentation; understanding of the potential, difficulties and methodology of the above techniques
D.2 Laboratory application of acquired knowledge; practical execution of basic diagnostic surveys; ability to solve basic problems related to the practical application of acquired knowledge.
D.3 Evaluation of survey conditions and ability to adapt; selection of diagnostic techniques most consistent with case history and ability to cross-reference data; understanding of results; recognition (non-evaluative) of the condition of the cultural property examined in relation to the conservation process.
D.4 Ability to translate into written or oral reports the information obtained from surveys with elk two aforementioned techniques; critical comparison of results
D.5 Learn about the conservation condition of a work including through alternative or non-priority diagnostic surveys and through secondary and ancillary elements to optimize the interpretation of data.

Educational Materials 
. The teaching materials prepared by the lecturer (in addition to the listed texts) and any communications from the lecturer especially for teaching can be found within the Teams platform.

. Maria Clelia Galassi, Il disegno svelato- progetto e immagine nella pittura italiana del primo Rinascimento, Ilisso, Nuoro,1998
Marco Cardinali, Dalla diagnostica artistica alla technical art history, KERMES-Lexis, Torino 2020.
Paolo Antonino Maria Triolo, Practical manual of documentation and image diagnostics for the BB.CC., Il Prato, Padova, 2019
G. Verri, J. Cupitt, Multispectral Imaging in Reflectance and Photo-induced Luminescence modes: A User Manual, Charisma Project, British Museum, 2013 (online)

. AA.VV., La fabbrica dei colori, Il Bagatto, Rome 1986.
Aldrovandi A., Picollo M., Methods of documentation and non-invasive investigation of paintings, The Meadow, Padua, 2001.
Matteini M., Moles A., Science and restoration, Nardini Editore, Florence, 1998
Poldi G., Villa G., From conservation to art history, Edizioni della Normale, Pisa, 2006.
M. Cardinali, M.B. De Ruggieri, C. Falcucci, Diagnostica Artistica, Palombi Editori, 2002


Lecturer: Stefano Gardini

Start: March 1, 2023

Time:Wednesday 14-16

Where:classroom 5 (Balbi Street 2)

Methods: 2 hours per week in presence (as many of individual homework). Compulsory attendance of 75% of the laboratory hours. Attendance at meetings and adequate participation in individual practice activities are required for the award of 1 CFU.
To register, you must contact the lecturer at email

The laboratory of Analysis and Reading of Medieval Documentary Sources aims to provide students with the basic critical tools to read and understand the writings of the 10th-15th centuries in the Latin alphabet and in Latin and vernacular languages, with particular reference to Genoese and Ligurian documentation. The workshop is divided into a series in face-to-face meetings devoted to the presentation of the abbreviative system and the main graphic features, as well as reading and transcription exercises carried out collectively in the classroom and individually.

For more information and registration:
Prof. Stefano Gardini -