Course in Italian Artistic Restoration: Introduction to Paintings on Canvas and on Wood
Italy has an artistic and historical heritage of outstanding importance, covering a very long period of time, and which has often conditioned the art of other countries. This system of monuments, churches and museums represents a point of reference for anyone involved or interested in the world of art. Valorising and making these assets available requires the intervention of professionals who can boast a training in which the historical and artistic knowledge is balanced with technical and scientific skills as well as high operational skills.
Through the two-week summer course that Accademia di Belle Arti 'Aldo Galli' offers, you have the opportunity to learn how to give new life to paintings on canvas and on wood, according to the criteria of contemporary restoration.
: 2 weeks
: The course of study lasts 2 weeks for a total of 60 hours. Lessons take place from Monday to Friday, part-time, both morning and afternoon.
: The course is designed for high school graduates, university students or professionals from other fields, who want to deepen or approach the Italian tradition of restoration of cultural heritage and wish to learn the basic notions and techniques, or experiment with new ones.
Methodology and structure
The course, conceived as a traditional restoration workshop, is characterized by an immediate approach to practical work in the laboratory where, under the guidance of our teachers, you manually experiment with the basic techniques of restoration and conservation of paintings on canvas and on wood, intervening on artifacts provided by the school. The theoretical notions are addressed during the practical work.
Under the guidance of our expert teachers you acquire the fundamental skills to approach the analysis of the works in a correct way, the main intervention techniques linked to the Italian tradition of restoration, the tools and the appropriate scientific language.
By the end of the course, characterized as a restoration workshop, you will have learned the basics to map out basic restoration and conservation interventions on artworks and artifacts.
Structural Restoration - The first week is dedicated to the structural problems of the paintings, such as: 1) consolidation, lining, reduction of tears and small inlays as regards the paintings on canvas; 2) panel paintings consolidation, insect infestation ( wood can be a food source or a nesting place for a variety of insects such as wood-boring beetles, termites, and grubs ), the reduction of bubbles in the pictorial film, etc..
Aesthetic Restoration - The second week is dedicated to the aesthetic restoration, both imitative and with chromatic selection ( through the study of the colour, the style of the work and the intervention techniques ).
The site visits to Basilica di Sant’Abbondio, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (Duomo), Chiesa San Fedele, Pinacoteca Civica ( Como ), Isola Comacina, la Villa del Balbianello ( Lenno ) and Santa Tecla and San Giovanni ( Torno ) churches represents an important method of learning as well as a cultural enrichment.
Accademia di Belle Arti Aldo Galli - IED Network.
Accademia di Belle Arti Aldo Galli is part of the IED network since 2010 and is institution noted for excellence in the field of Higher Education. Recognized by the Ministry for Education, University and Research, its main objective is to promote the culture of Made in Italy with a particular focus on innovation in fashion, visual arts and the preservation of cultural heritage. The classes have the extra value that students are soon involved in laboratory activities thanks to the collaboration with local companies and organizations, for the development and professional growth of each student.