Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro

Via Maggio 13

50125 Florence, Italy

Tel. +39 055 213086
Fax +39 055 217963


In the IMAT project Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro Palazzo Spinelli is responsible for the field testing of the IMAT techonolgy. During the project the Institute will test IMAt prototypes in diverse actual conservation treatments in the conservation training program, making the new conservation technology available for the future conservators.


Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro Palazzo Spinelli, projected in 1976 by Francesco Amodei, has been active in the restoration sector since 1978 both as a centre for conservation training, specialization and continuing professional education, as well as a restoration and consulting centre for public and private entities. With over thirty years, experience and more than 1200 activated courses (and in the specific field of restoration more than 12,000 restoration treatments), the Institute has earned national and international recognition for "excellence in the field", able to offer its students a professionalism that satisfies the current demands of the working environment, as well as a continuously updated training in the latest modern technologies and treatment philosophies. The mission of the Institute is to contribute – by either acting directly or through the training of professionals – to the preservation of historical and artistic heritage, while also cultivating those creative and artistic skills inherent to the field. The Institute has been active in the organization of annual, biennial and triennial restoration courses since 1978.


These courses have always been based on the intensive development of the practical aspect of its teachings. As of the 2009-2010 academic year, in accordance with the new European and Regional provisions, all courses in art restoration offered at the Institute will be changed to two-year courses. To complement the more theoretical courses organized by various Italian and foreign Universities and Institutions, the Istituto’s training is characterized by its emphasis on the successful development and implementation of actual conservation treatments. Students are able to learn directly from the rich tradition of Florentine restoration in modern laboratory facilities. The Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro – Palazzo Spinelli, with over 6,000 graduates, has made a real contribution and impact on the conservation field in Italy and worldwide, with former students playing key roles in major laboratories and effecting significant and high profile treatments.