Colour and Morphological Restoration

Course Code:

Π1 5060


5th Semester

Specialization Category:

Required ( ΜΕ )

Course Hours:




Course Tutors

Leonidas Karampinis

Course description

The Course is characterized as a basic specialization course, and is related to the fields of advanced exhibition display practices, presentation and propulsion of works of art and cultural heritage. Its core principal is based on a multiple understanding and interpretation of each work of art. The curriculum of the course, focuses on students’ education and training on gaining the required skills while practicing on two-dimensional exercises of Colour integration/Restoration. During these workshops the nature of damages and losses of various types of works of art are taken in consideration. Furthermore, emphasis is also given on understanding the third dimension of sculptures incorporating three-dimensional exercises. Apparently aesthetic dilemmas and ethical issues are discussed before drawing any morphological restoration of a sculpture or a three-dimensional artwork.

Expected Results

After the completion of the course students should be able to:

• Consider the concept of damage as an integral part of the route of the work of art in space and time.

• Evaluate the damages and develop a documented and effective proposal for any artistic colour restoration.

• Comprehend the function of sculpture and the three-dimensional form of an artwork, in order to draw its most appropriate reconstruction, and provide a morphologically and conceptually complete and correct image of the work of art.

• Select the appropriate materials for each case and apply suitable techniques of Colour and morphological restoration/interpretation, taking into consideration the historical, intangible and aesthetic values of each work of art.


Language of evaluation: Greek (English for Erasmus students).


Students’ evaluation (100%):

1. Student’s presentation of the laboratory exercise of colour retouchment (70%)

2.Student’s presentation of the laboratory exercise of morphological restoration (30%) Evaluation criteria are presented upon the first day of the course and on e- class.



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