School of  Restoration in Rome
Michelangelo: Painting and restoration of frescoes

The Sistine Chapel: the extraordinary restoration of the XX century
Course: techniques and restorations of frescoes

A unique initiative that could not occur but in Rome thanks to the cooperation of the restorers who performed the extraordinary conservation work of the Sistine Chapel from 1980 to 1994.

Painting a fresco: preparation of lime and pozzolana mortar.
Spread of the intonaco (base plaster) on a mobile surface. Application of the “spolvero technique” (pouncing technique) which consists in the preparation of a cartoon design to be transferred onto the wall.
Preparation of the mortar and spread of the first day layer of plaster.
Design transfer and painting of the fresco.
Spread of the second day layer of plaster and completion of the work.
Completion of the painting including “a secco” finishing touches (on dry surface) with animal glue tempera.
Introduction to fresco restoration: analysis of the state of preservation and consolidation of the fresco.
Cleaning of the paint surface and glue removal.
Stucco-filling of wide lacunae with lime and pozzolana mortar and of small lacunae with lime mortar and marble powder.
Achromatic pictorial reintegration of wide lacunae and watercolour vertical “tratteggio” technique applied on small lacunae.
Application of the “strappo method” which consists in stripping off the painting layer of the fresco from the wall.


Periods of attendance
Period B. 30th June - 11th July 2014
Period C. 14th - 25th July 2014

Courses: the restoration Institute
Monday-Friday: 9:00am- 1:00 pm

Guided tours:
-  Vatican Museums

- Museum Great Barberini

Payment: 50% at the time of enrolment and the other 50% by the beginning of the course either via bank transfer or post current

- Information about accommodation
- Certificate of participation for high school and university credits

Where we are in Rome

Istituto Italiano Arte Artigianato e Restauro

We are located in Via Flaminia 79, in the very center of Rome, walking distance from Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) and close to the underground FLAMINIO (Red Line)


Scuola Restauro Roma

For information and registration (by appointment), please don't hesitate to contact us.


Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 13.00

+39 063210416
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+39 06 632853