The Project structure

The structure of the project has been developped in two activities areas with specific aims and actions. The results of both areas, integrated in a informative central system, are going to be published on the web in order to promote a wider and more integrated research activity, through collecyed data and informations.

The two activities areas are:




the module AR.CO. (ARchivi COnservati, preserved archives):

* collects, creates inventories and preserves, in the Archivio Storico Nazionale dei Restauratori Italiani (National Historic Archive of the Italian Conservator-Restorers), private archives of restorers, acquired by the project, and results of studies and researches thereabout;
* creates a inventory database of the archives and the documents acquired in order to make easy the consultation of these documents

the module FONTI (SOURCES):

* collects information about conservator-restorers and interventions, through researches on documentary materials present in archives of public or private organizations;
* creates a thematic database for a guide to documentary sources about italian conservator-restorers

The module AR.CO., coordinated by Sergio del Bello, concerned the activity of accession and inventory of private archives of restorers, as well as of archival material (achieved in copy) possessed by private or public corporations.
After accurate analisys of the fond and of the documentation of the creator, the structure of the fond is detected or reconstructed, and the archive units are described. Inside of these the documentary units are detected and described. For this work, are applied the rules of the multileveled description, used in ISAD.
Therefore the module contains the fond's inventory, process filing data and produces answers to the information researches directly related to the archival material.

The module FONTI (sources) , coordinated by Sergio Del Bello, contains and manage the results of works and studies of archival sources and of informations about restorers (both complete fonds or single documents).
The aim is the realization of a guide at archives and Italian restorers, available on all the Italian territory, across an investigation of the archives conserved from public and private conservation bodies and institution.

The thematic guide is, for now, limited to scultures and paintings in the provinces of Bergamo, Milan and Mantua. The survey has took with two different groups of cards: the first for the description of the context (bodies, section, archive) and the second for the archivistic units and for the documents.
Needful for the research is the preliminary drawing up of a survey plan, a indispensable instrument for to effect the cataloguing.

Through the AR.CO and FONTI modules, the SOURCES FOR THE HISTORY OF CONSERVATION-RESTORATION area, realizes an archival DATA BASE that collects and manages the information about documentation on restoration.
The ARCHIVAL DATA BASE, that guarantees the respect of ISAD and ISAAR protocol, is realized by the Regione Lombardia software: Mens.



The research on history of conservation-restoration area receives the module RES.I. (REStauratori Italiani, Italian Conservator-Restorers) that schedules researches on bibliographic and documentary sources (using also the results of the sources for the history of conservation-restoration area) oriented to the reconstuction of the italian conservator-restorers' biographes and their intervention, through a relational and multimedia database, expressly developed, that menages also information about works of art and used sources.

The management of information through the data-base RES.I. makes very varying research modalities and approaches possible, allows to share and integrate data items with national research results, and permits an effective access to filed information, suggesting links and crosswise inquiries.

The database, designed by Matteo Panzeri, is organized through four cards concerning the Restorers, the Interventions, the Works of Art, the Sources. Each card can manage multimedia attachments, like texts, imagines, sound or viedo recordings. Particular care is dedicated to the control of the technical terms also with a view of interface with the thesaurus area, under construction.

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