History of Art


HART0054 Theory and History of Conservation - Indicative Weekly Topics and Suggested Reading

Indicative Weekly Topics

Week 1: What is conservation? An introduction to the discipline
Week 2: Foundations I: History and Theory of Conservation – Objecthood and Principles
Week 3: Foundations II: History and Theory of Conservation – Ethics, Values and Authenticity
Week 4: Visit to conservation studio
Week 5: Foundations III: Contemporary Theories of Conservation
Week 6: Visit to conservation studio
Week 7: Intention and Authority
Week 8: Students’ presentations
Week 9: Public Art at UCL
Week 10: Experimental Conservation and Course Conclusions

Suggested Reading

Clavir, Miriam. Preserving What is Valued: Museums, Conservation and First Nations. Vancouver and Toronto: UBC Press, 2002.

Eggert, Paul. Securing the Past: Conservation in Art, Architecture and Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Hermens, Erma and Tina Fiske, eds. Art, Conservation and Authenticities: Material, Concept, Context. London: Archetype Publications, 2009.

Lowenthal, David. The Past is a Foreign Country. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003

Muñoz Viñas, Salvador. Contemporary Theory of Conservation. Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005.