About your workshop

Enjoy an informative and interesting experience in fresco painting using the same materials and techniques as the Renaissance masters.

Beginning with a brief explanation of the history of fresco and the materials involved, students will then move on to paint a true fresco using the same method as such artists as Giotto and Michelangelo.

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After making a preparatory cartoon we then use the “spolvero” technique to transfer their image onto a panel with damp plaster and proceed to paint a copy of a Renaissance fresco using the same natural pigments and animal-hair brushes as those used by the masters.

All students will take away their own true fresco painted in Florence.

About your tutor –  Dr. Alan Pascuzzi

Dr. Alan Pascuzzi is a former Fulbright Scholar, professor of Renaissance Art History and Fine Arts, and a painter and sculptor living and working in Florence, Italy.
As an art history professor, Dr. Pascuzzi teaches a wide variety of subjects ranging from Renaissance drawings, frescoes, artistic anatomy and Greek, Roman and Renaissance sculpture.
As an artist, Alan works in the ancient drawing, painting and sculpting techniques of the Renaissance masters including fresco, marble carving, modelling and working in bronze.
He has executed numerous commissions in painting and sculpture throughout Italy including several permanent works in fresco, marble, terra cotta and bronze in the city centre of Florence.

In April 2014 Alan was invited to go to Australia to paint a life-size  fresco of Pope John XXIII before his Canonisation – the painting also contains images of saints such as Aloysius Gonzaga, and Edmund Campion, as well as images of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

A link to the local press story from The Record  – John XXIII fresco celebrates saint-to-be shows Alan working on his fresco.

Fun of previous events

Updated Chronology of Last Suppers

Chronology of Last Suppers   This month I have attended a meeting with my friends from the Advancing Women Artists Foundation and discovered that there are two or three Disciples in The Last Supper by Plautilla Nelli that they were still uncertain as to who was who. I...

Santa Felicita Church, Mrs Macabee and Mother Mary

Santa Felicita and Mrs Macabee - two tragic mothers - and much confusion! Whilst in Florence, I recommend a visit to the Santa Felicata Church. Often missed on the tourist agenda, partly because it is obscured by stalls and restaurants, this church is argued to be,...

Forging a Fresco – with Alan Pascuzzi in Florence

Forging a Fresco - with Alan Pascuzzi in Florence- last month Alan gave a couple of my friends a lesson in Fresco painting and I decided that it was high time that I had another go and joined in with this hugely enjoyable lesson. In the first part of our workshop,...

Schifanoia – no boredom in the Salone dei Mese in Ferrara

Palazzo Schifanoia could be literally translated as the name of the Palace where Nobles would go to do "away with boredom". It comes from the Italian phrase "schivar la noia". In 1469-70 the Ferranese Ruler, Borso d'Este, wanted a huge fresco all around his waiting...

In the Convent of the Socks – I have found another Last Supper in Florence – this time by Franciabigio.

I just love it! - a Convent named after a piece of clothing as lowly as a sock! In fact this "sock" was a piece of cloth worn over the shoulder of the Gesuati Friars , a Dominican Order, which refers to the  monks of St. Justus, ( not to be confused with the Jesuits)...

Baldassare Franceschini – Fresco painter to the Medici at Villa La Petraia and his links to Opera

self - portrait of Il Volterrano Baldassare Franceschini (1611 – 6 January 1689) was an Italian late Baroque painter who, between 1637 and 1649, created the second part of the huge fresco cycle of the Medici family in the courtyard of Villa La Petraia just...

A change of plan for Giovanni Antonio Sogliani

Giovanni Antonio Sogliani 1492 - 1544 According to VASARI in his famous Lives of the Artists Sogliani was an apprentice to Lorenzo di Credi for more than 20 years - this would seem an incredible length of study by any standards, but it might explain why his work is...

Moroni – Last Supper on show in Royal Academy

Moroni - His 1569 painting of the Last Supper on show in Royal Academy     This painting is very different from the usual scenes of the Last Supper , those that are completed in fresco on the walls of the Cenacolo of a Monastery or Convent so the walled-in ones can...

Jan van der Straet detto Giovanni Strada – also called Stradanus

Well, whichever name you prefer our John was definitely a man of the street! In the beautiful Brunellesci designed church of  Santo Spirito in Florence there is this exceptional painting in the Mannerist style by Jan van der Straet.  It is of Jesus upsetting benches-...

Fresco paintings of children for children with Alan Pascuzzi

Fresco paintings of children, for children,  with Dr Alan Pascuzzi One of the most strange but also important things to understand about fresco painting is that it is a science as well as an art form. The material used in creating the base of a fresco is a complex...

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