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B.S. Conservation Studies

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Florence is the cradle of Renaissance civilization - the place where Dante, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci were inspired to create. Today Florence remains home to some the greatest works of art the world has ever known. The Marist conservation studies restoration program gives students the opportunity to learn to care for these invaluable pieces of history.

The Marist conservation studies program offers a rich educational experience in the field of art conservation and the history of techniques. Our conservation students will work directly and exclusively on original materials from the 14th to 19th centuries. These opportunities are provided by religious, state or even private institutions including the City of Florence Fine Art Department and are carried out under the direction of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Artistici. Students have the privilege of working on objects ranging from paintings, frescoes and wood sculpture from the medieval period through to the nineteenth century.

Restoration and Conservation offers great opportunities for travel and work all over the world, in a wide variety of countries and cultures, languages and religions. Studying in the Restoration and Conservation Department means exactly that. Our students have traveled to Nepal in collaboration with the University of Kathmandu to work in both Hindu and Buddhist temples. They have also found themselves in India working on frescoes and paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. In 2007, they traveled to Chile to work at the Pablo Neruda Museum.

Art Restoration

All work is done under the watchful eye of faculty members who are also experts in their field. From the beginning to advanced levels, students can enjoy the unique experience of working on original works of art both in the state-of-the-art restoration laboratory and on the nearby historical sites.

Careers in Conservation Studies

  • Art conservator
  • Forensic artist
  • Reproduction Artist



Note: A minimum of 60 credits in Liberal Arts is required.