CoursesShort and Summer CoursesDecorative Techniques and Trompe l'Oeil


Florence has the highest concentration of cultural masterpieces and people working in heritage conservation in the world. It is the ideal place to acquire and improve knowledge and skills for the protection of cultural heritage.
For over 40 years the Institute has held summer courses in its laboratories in July and September for students who are interested in doing practical courses. The summer courses are taught by the same professors as the three-year academic courses.
The Trompe l'Oeil course is based on the creation of a decorative illusion painting inspired by figurative elements from classical repertoires. The theme of landscape is used to learn about space and stylistic design in different environments. The course includes the study of perspective, colour and compositional balance.

Schedule and Location

From Monday to Friday every afternoon from 14.00 to 18.00 for a total of 60 hours.
The course will take place in our laboratories in Via delle Casine 21/rosso in Florence.
Following current anti-covid legislation, admission to the laboratories will only be allowed after measurement of the students' temperature. All students must wear face masks.


The course is open to all applicants, Italian and international. Prior knowledge of the subject is not necessary.
The course is taught in Italian. Good basic knowledge of the language is required.


A Certificate of Attendance is issued to all participants at the end of the course.
  • Decorative Painting Techniques: faux marble, faux wood, mouldings, use of stencils.
  • Elements of perspective.
  • Designing a trompe l'oeil niche.


Applicants must send the following documents to the Secretariat of the Istitute for Art and Restoration:
  1. Enrolment form
  2. Amministrative Regulations (signed and dated)
  3. A copy of the payment receipt or bank transfer for the full course fee
  4. Copy of an ID document
Documents can be sent via email to, by post to Via Maggio, 13 - 50125 Firenze or by fax (+39 055 217963).
Applicants are advised to enrol at least two weeks before the course start date. Enrolments are accepted depending on the availability of places on the course.
Course fees can be paid directly to the Administration Office or by sending a check or postal order to:
Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro
Via Maggio, 13
50125 Firenze
Bank transfers can be made to Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro, 
UNICREDIT SPA, agenzia di Firenze, Via de’ Vecchietti
IBAN: IT 33 E 02008 02837 000000880880 


Decorative Techniques and Trompe l'Oeil

Firenze 42nd edition

Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro

60 hours
from 06/09/2021 to 24/09/2021


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