Conservação e restauro dos modelos das máquinas de Leonardo da Vinci da exposição da IBM
: coleção do Museu da Ciência da Universidade de Coimbra

  • Mariana Astride Mendes Ferreira (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The preservation of scientific collections presents a wide range of new challenges for conservation and restoration professionals. Among the main ones, we highlight: the diversity of materials; dimensions, functionality, substitutions and replicas. Directly related to the previous ones, but referring to their symbolic dimension, are the proper methodological and deontological criteria to be considered within the conservation of scientific and technological heritage. Therefore, the internship report aims to present the work developed during the master's degree in conservation and restoration of cultural assets, in the Catholic University of Portugal (Porto) and carried out at the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra. The conservation and restoration intervention focused on the collection of models of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions, involving the whole of it, a complex theoretical and practical process that culminated with its exhibition in Coimbra. Accordingly, we carried out the historical contextualization of the collection, the identification of the materials and techniques of the models, as well as their function and use at the time in which they will have been created by da Vinci, towards to a later appropriate treatment. In addition, all the information collected, In addition, all the information collected, was registered in new inventory sheets concerning each model. Aiming at obtain skills in the area of conservation of mobile heritage, one of the main objectives of this study plan was to deepen the knowledge acquired during the undergraduate and master's degrees, for the acquisition of greater autonomy in a research, conservation and restoration process.
Date of Award4 Mar 2021
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorEduarda Vieira (Supervisor) & Gilberto Pereira (Co-Supervisor)


  • Conservation-restoration
  • Leonardo da Vinci models
  • Metals
  • Preventive conservation
  • Wood
  • MCUC


  • Mestrado em Conservação e Restauro de Bens Culturais

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