Florence has the highest concentration of masterpieces and people working in heritage conservation in the world and it provides the best opportunties to acquire and perfect knowledge and skills for the protection of cultural heritage.
For over 35 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 Gilding course gives participants the chance to learn about gilding techniques and apply them to simple and decorative surfaces.
From Monday to Friday every afternoon from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a total of 40 hours.
The same course will be held again in September.
The course will take place in our laboratories in Via delle Casine 21/rosso in Florence.
The course is open to Italian and international secondary school leavers and university graduates. The course is taught in Italian. Due to the practical nature of the course, an elementary level of the language is sufficient to participate.
A Certificate of Attendance is issued to all participants at the end of the course.
  • Brief history of techniques and the art of gilding
  • Ammannitura, bole, gilding "a missione" and "a guazzo".
  • Patination (various techniques)
  • Finishing
  • Decorative techniques


To enrol on the course students must send the following documents to the Secretariat of the Institute 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. A photocopy of an ID document
Students can send the documents by email to, by fax (+39 055 217963) or by post.
Students 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
Course fees can also be paid by bank transfer to the following account:
Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro
UNICREDIT SPA, agenzia di Firenze, Via de’ Vecchietti
Iban: IT 33 E 02008 02837 000000880880 


Gilding Techniques

Firenze 64th edition

Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro

40 hours
from 15/07/2019 to 26/07/2019


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