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Workshop on fresco conservation

From: Jamie Donahoe <jmdonahoe>
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Hands-on Fresco Conservation Workshop
April 2007

Join renowned Italian conservator Alma Ortolan and Heritage
Conservation Network in Serravalle at Vittorio Veneto (TV), Italy
this April for a hands-on workshop in the cloister of the Monastery
of San Giovanni Battista. Lectures on fresco conservation issues,
materials and painting techniques, among other topics, will be
interwoven with the actual work of documenting the cloister's
interior decoration. Pietro Mangarella, an Italian conservator
specializing in masonry and plasters, will also lecture and assist.

The workshop, scheduled for April 1-14, 2007, consists of two,
one-week sessions of hands-on work, lectures and field trips
exploring the surrounding area. Participants may sign up for one or
both weeks. As site access is limited to those with knowledge of
materials conservation, registration is limited to mid-career
professionals. The cost of the workshop is $2000 per person per
week, which includes lodging, instruction, materials, and some
meals. A special rate of US$800 per person per week is available for
accompanying partners who wish to explore the region during the day
while the group works in the cloister.

The work will focus on documenting the cloister's frescos and
columns. The Church of S. Giovanni Battista dates to 1367. The
cloister itself was built at the beginning of the 15th century and
modified in 1668, at which time the frescoes were completed. The
cloister's interior includes 20 stone columns and walls with fresco
paintings. The goal is to identify the original columns and
inventory and assess the condition of all the frescoes as the
initial stage in the cloister's full restoration. Week 1 will
include preparation of a photographic survey, measured drawings and
documentation of decay conditions. This work will continue into Week
2. During Week 2, participants will develop the overall conservation
plan and learn how to carry out cleaning tests.

Field trips will be made to Serravalle itself, the Grotte del
Caglieron, Treviso, Venice, and Padua. Accompanying partners are
welcome to participate in the field trips.

Complete workshop details are available at

Next Workshop: Conservation Survey in the Monastery of San Giovanni
Battista, Serravalle, Italy, April 1-14, 2007. See
<URL:> to register.

Ms. Jamie Donahoe
Heritage Conservation Network
International Hands-on Workshops for Architectural and Site
1557 North Street
Boulder, Colorado 80304, USA

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Received on Wednesday, 13 December, 2006

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