ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA CONSERVAZIONE ED IL RESTAURO (ISCR)
MINISTERO DEI BENI E DELLE ATTIVITÀ CULTURALI E DEL TURISMO
The Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR) is a technical institute of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism. It specializes in the conservation of works of art and cultural heritage in general.
It was established in 1939, thanks also to the efforts of the art historian Giulio Carlo Argan. It was directed from its beginning up to 1959 by Cesare Brandi, founder of the modern theory of conservation.
Its institutional tasks are mainly technical and scientific research applied to conservation. It carries out particularly challenging conservation projects and it also runs five-year MA courses in conservation. The specificity of its approach consists in a body which gathers the research, training, systematic and continuous activity of conservation and experimentation. Historians, architects, archaeologists, physicists and experts in environmental controls, chemists, biologists and restorers of different types of materials: paintings, textiles, paper, metals, ceramics, stone, leather, wood work under one structure. The awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of these arts is the foundation of a fair and accurate practice of conservation.
Based on the principle of interdisciplinary work, the ISCR Scuola di Alta Formazione represents a path of educational excellence for those who want to practice as a conservator.
In Italy the Institute has worked on the conservation of the masterpieces of our national heritage ranging from the wall paintings of the Etruscan tombs of Tarquinia, Pompeii, the Domus Aurea, Giotto in Assisi and in the Scrovegni chapel and many others major works of art.
One of the excellences of the Institute is the Geographic Information System of the "Risk Map of Monumental Heritage", in a set of databases that monitors the vulnerability of the monumental and archaeological Italian heritage in relation to major risks of natural and anthropogenic phenomena.
Throughout the years the Institute has played a leading role at international level. In particular it is involved in training the future experts in conservation of archaeological and monumental sites, and objects of art of their own country.
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