CoursesShort and Summer CoursesRestoration of Paintings on Wood with Gold Backgrounds
Course Structure and Objectives

Our first short course in painting on wood with gold backgrounds is being launched thanks to the recent collaboration between the Institute for Art and Restoration and the Fondazione per il Centro Studi in Orvieto, a beautiful city with very important art heritage. 

The course in painting on wood with gold backgrounds introduces participants to the pictorial technique of egg tempera on a gold background. 

Training and Location

The course will take place from Monday to Friday every afternoon from 14 till 18 for a total of 40 hours.

A second edition of the course will be held from 21 to 31 October 2019.

The course will be held at Palazzo Simoncelli in Piazza del Popolo, 18, Orvieto.


The course is open to all participants, both Italian and international. No previous experience is necessary.

International students should have basic knowledge of Italian.


At the end of the course a certificate of attendance will be issued to all participants.
  • Introduction to techniques with the study of the materials used 
  • Camottatura or cloth covering 
  • Ammannitura preparation of drawing on paper. 
  • Transfer of the drawing to the panel 
  • Decorations in relief with stucco 
  • Application of bole
  • Application of gold leaf 
  • Burnishing 
  • Punching if necessary 
  • Painting with egg tempera 
  • Protective finishing


To register for the course, applicants must send the following documents to the Institute for Art and Restoration: 

1. Registration form 
2. Administrative Regulations 
3. Copy of the payment receipt for the entire fee for the course 
4. A photocopy of an identity document 

Applicants can send the registration form via mail to, by fax (+39 055 217963) or by post to Via Maggio, 13 50125 Florence. 

Applicants are invited to enrol no later than two weeks before the course starts. Applications will be accepted until all available places are filled. 
Fee payments can be made directly to the Administrative Office or by sending a check or money order to: 

Institute for Art and Restoration 
Via Maggio, 13 
50125 Florence 

Alternatively you can pay by bank transfer, payable to the Institute for Art and Restoration, UNICREDIT SPA, agenzia di Firenze, Via de’ Vecchietti

Iban: IT 33 E 02008 02837 000000880880 (SWIFT: UNCRITM1F86) 


Restoration of Paintings on Wood with Gold Backgrounds

Orvieto 1st edition

Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro

40 hours
from 21/10/2019 to 31/10/2019


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