Art restoration is a specialised discipline with high professional and ethical demands. Besides possessing a high level of professional knowledge, the art restorer must be capable of properly reflecting on the multi-layered nature of the work of art with all its qualities and interrelationships. In order to properly comprehend the multifaceted entirety of a work of art, the restorer must possess a professional education in the natural sciences and humanities, as well as skills as a painter. This interdisciplinary knowledge guarantees the restorer’s ability to collaborate with the other participating disciplines. An art restorer with these skills and abilities is capable of a deeper analysis of the stylistic markings of a painting and of understanding a work’s inherent painterly structure, and can distinguish the extent to which the original has been preserved from any later alterations. These abilities define the restorer’s ability to define the contours of the restorative work in relation to the removal of darkened layers of paint and secondary overpainting, or the integration of missing parts of the painting.
The six-year study programme covers the restoration of paintings on wood panels and canvas, murals, and wooden polychrome sculptures. Applicants should possess artistic talent and the ability to encompass a broad range of theoretical knowledge. Students learn traditional and modern techniques, scientific research methods, and the necessity for systematic work, with an emphasis on ethics, respecting the original work’s authenticity, and a sense of responsibility of our cultural heritage.
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