Fine Art Conservation course in Italy: Paper, Paintings and Frescos

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Location: Gravina in Puglia, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy

Season: June 19, 2023 to June 29, 2023

Session Dates: June 19 - 29

Application Deadline: June 15, 2023

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Project Director:
Tonio Creanza

Project Description:

The Messors organization is offering a restoration course regarding Fine Art, Paper and Frescoes located in the rich cultural and historical settings of Southern Italy. The Frescoes are part of the rupestrian settlements (underground habitations) located in the Alta Murgia area in the Puglia region of Italy. Paintings on Canvas and Prints on Papers are part of private collections. 

The workshop provides a practical focus, allowing students ample opportunity for participation in conservation and restoration technique. The courses are complemented by seminars in Art History, Geomorphological Studies and Religious Iconography and Rituals. The course also includes several site visits, including visits to Sassi of Matera (Unesco World Heritage site), a visit to the rupestrian churches and museums.

The courses are led by Tonio Creanza director of Messors; guest lectures and hands-on works session will be given by chemist/conservator Bia Fonseca, conservator Joana Diniz.

Period(s) of Occupation: 1100 - 1900

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: all period

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No prerequisites required. This is a hands-on and in-situ workshop to complement studies in the fields of conservation, arts, history & anthropology, archaeology etc. It is open to students, as well as to those keen on understanding the processes of restoration & preservation of art and cultural heritage. We remind applicants that works-of-art and historical sites that are worked on are part of the National Italian Cultural Patrimony and are to be treated with care and attention. Any practical intervention and actions while learning are under supervision and guidance. The nature of the activities in this workshop involves handling tools like scalpels, chisels, fine motor skills and operating in a low lighting environment in the cave sites.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Shared room occupancy accommodation 3 meals per day (exception of 4 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfast). Transportation from an to Bari airport (BRI) and field trips. Cost: approx $1500 USD per week (see brochure for details).

Contact Information:

Tonio Creanza

Phone: +1 604 618 8449

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