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Technical Art History I

The course provides basic knowledge and skills relating to inorganic and organic chemistry, as well as chemical-organic compounds, changes and destruction in art objects that were made using painting techniques and other inorganic and organic materials. The language of instruction is English.

The course provides skills in multispectral methods of analysis and their applications in the study of older art objects. In addition, the course discusses various artistic techniques that use inorganic and organic material, as well as the history of conservation science, contemporary conditions and current standards within museum institutions. The course discusses historical primary source texts concerning artistic techniques and their applications for understanding the material history of an art object. The course is provided in collaboration with the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, and some of the teaching will take place in a laboratory at Stockholm University and the conservation room of a museum institution.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures, seminars and laboratory work. Attendance is mandatory. 


    The course is examined on the basis of a take-home examination and a written paper connected to laboratory work.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

  • Contact

    Study councellor