Fresco painting workshop 2015

The upcoming “Fresco Painting Workshop” will be held on May -from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd, 2015.



The workshop offers full-day activities in an intensive course devoted to the techniques, materials, history and the theory of fresco painting and an introduction to conservation. Activities include a series of lectures followed by demonstrations and hands-on practical sessions. You’ll have the opportunity to create the authentic Renaissance ‘Buon Fresco’, which you may keep with you at the end of the course.


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Long weekend Historic Lime Mortars Workshop

Ortolan Studio is pleased to announce the upcoming workshop on Historic Lime Mortars.

MARCH 2012 – From 15th to 18th


The workshop concentrates on the materials and the technique of historic lime mortars. It offers full-day activities which include series of lectures followed by demonstrations and hands-on.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to make an old lime mortar and how to repair lime finishes in ancient buildings. In addition to that, instructions about decorative finishes including “sgraffito”, tadelakt and patinas are provided.


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Mostra fotografica “Come se la vergogna” di Francesco Nonino

Francesco Nonino, Come se la vergogna, 2010, foto b-n, courtesy of the artist


È stato Francesco Nonino a realizzare le immagini della campagna di Comodamente 2010. Read more…

St. Paul’s ancient face at long last revealed

The light reveals Christ the master, the healed cripple and Lazarus and Daniel among the lions, but the real revelation is that of the first recognized depiction of St. Paul’s face.

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It is to be found at Santa Tecla in an ancient roman road, via Ostiense, hidden in an underground cubicle where the temperature is about 14 degrees and the humidity reaches 98%. This catacomb, rediscovered in 1720, now exhibits effigies of four apostles dating back to the end of the fourth century. Biblical scenes and faces have once again coming to light thanks to the work of the Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra, presided over by Fabrizio Bisconti, with director Barbara Mazzei in the role of project coordinator.

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Apostle images from 4th century found under street in Italy

New laser burnt away centuries of calcium deposits to reveal earliest known pictures of Andrew and John in Rome catacomb.

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