Since opening in 1992, Ortolan Studio has specialized in the Conservation and Restoration of a wide range of art, from Architectural Arts and historical decorative interiors to fresco painting and Fine Arts.
In 2002, the Ortolan Studio Art Education Program was launched. Consisting of a series of unique workshops, the program is designed for those looking to broaden their knowledge of Italian traditional painting techniques. The Art Education Program offers the opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in the Art and Culture of Italy. In 2006, The Texas Christian University took part in a Study Abroad Program, becoming part of a long list of people from around the world to study at the Ortolan Studio.
My name is Alma Ortolan. I am an Italian Art Conservator and Educator. After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Art, I studied Painting Conservation in Florence, Rome and Venice earning my Master’s Degree in Fine Art Conservation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland in 1996. At ICCROM, I ompleted my education in Conservation of Architectural Façades in 1998, and studied Painting at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen and the University of Fine Arts in Granada, Spain.
I have been teaching at the University Ca’ Foscari Venezia in the Conservation Science Department. I am the author of a variety of scientific publications and has presented my work at various institutions throughout Europe and the United States, including Columbia University, Historic Preservation Dept. in New York, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, and the University of Colorado, in Denver.
My most recent project included the Scagliola Conservation and Reconstruction Project of the former Stock Exchange in Riga, Latvia. I have been involved in such renowned conservation projects as the ‘La Fenice’ Opera House in Venice, in 2003 and the Catacomb of Priscilla and Santa Tecla in Rome, completed in 2009. I was hired by the Vatican State to help conserve the Early Christian frescoes using laser technology. Other projects include the investigation of the Royal Summer House of Ledal for the Archeological Museum of Stavanger, Norway and Fair Park Mural Conservation Project in Dallas, Texas.
In 2008 I was recognized for her ongoing professional work in the field of Historic Preservation when Inner Wheel International made her “Inner Wheel Woman of the Year” for the northeast of Italy.