Well my first day of class wasn’t too eventful, but the second day we stepped right into it! My instructor, Lorenzo Casamenti, went over what the class would be covering and talked a little about his own processes when working on pieces for the Galleria degli Uffizi and the Palazzo Pitti. :O As these are some of the best art galleries in Florence, perhaps the world, needless to say I was a little impressed… haha. The class is collectively working on restoring a large painting from Scandicci, Italy called “Santa Caterina.”
After this week, our class is traveling to the region of Calabria to work in Rocca Imperiale, a characteristic medieval town and a very important archaeological site near the Gulf of Taranto. Seems so soon after only a few days of practice! But still, I am learning a lot and enjoy working in class. Signore Casamenti is very knowledgeable!
Some paintings my instructor had set out to show us; these are legitimate works of art from the 16th and 17th century (clearly not pricelss…but still)!
Obviously the surface needs some cleaning and in-painting done (and I thought that thumb looked a little cut/paste…).
Signore Casamenti showing us the technique for removing the top coat of varnish from a painting.
Signore Casamenti showing us how NOT to remove varnish (in large strokes over areas that don’t follow the shapes of the painting).
“Santa Caterina” (17th century) from the church of the same name in Scandicci, Italy.
My roommates working hard!
The section I was working on (before).
Me working (after).
We were using a mixture of alcohol and turpentine to dissolve the varnish, so we can use soap creme to clean the painted image underneath.
In the process of being cleaned; what a difference you can see in the arm and clouds to the right compared to the left!
A very damaged painting, un-varnished and freshly cleaned. Check my posts after this one to see a video of the re-canvasing process.