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Technological innovation in creative clusters. The case of laser in conservation of artworks in Florence

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  • Luciana Lazzeretti

    () (Department of Business Economics, University of Florence)

  • Francesco Capone

    () (Department of Business Economics, University of Florence)

  • Tommaso Cinti

    () (Department of Social and Business Studies, University of Siena)

Abstract

The field of laser application to the restoration and cleaning of cultural assets is amongst the most thriving developments of recent times. Ablative laser technological systems are able to clean and protect inestimable works of art subject to atmospheric agents and degradation over time. This new technology, which has been developing for the last forty year, is now available to restorers and has received a significant success all over Europe. An important contribution in the process of laser innovation has been carried out in Florence by local actors belonging to a creative cluster. The objects of the analysis are the genesis of this innovation in this local Florentine context, and the relationships among the main actors who have contributed in it. The study investigates how culture can play a part in the generation of ideas and innovations, and which are the creative environments that can favour it. In this context, the issue of laser technologies for the restoration of cultural heritage has been analysed as a case study in the various paths taken by the Creative Capacity of the Culture (CCC).

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  • Luciana Lazzeretti & Francesco Capone & Tommaso Cinti, 2010. "Technological innovation in creative clusters. The case of laser in conservation of artworks in Florence," IERMB Working Paper in economics 1002, Institut d'Estudis Regionals i Metropolitans de Barcelona.
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    Keywords

    innovation; creative cluster; art restoration;

    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation

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