Fresco Painting Class: Apprentices in the Atelier

Become an apprentice for an afternoon - create your own small fresco, and learn hands-on about this ancient technique!

Overview

Fresco painting: After having acquired the secrets of fresco painting, visitors will also be able to retrace the still visible signs of the variety of techniques used by different artists inside the monumental Quarters. This allows participants in this activity to observe the frescoes from a different angle, guided by a far more in-depth knowledge than that of normal museum visitors. Apprentices in the atelier: Fora workshop duration, the audience in the role of apprentice to understand the process of producing a painting on wood, and what were the characteristics of each phase of work.

  • Target: adults and families with childern over 8 years old
  • Lenght: one hour and 15 minutes
  • Maximum number of participants: 10 people

Ticket Info: Beyond your guided tour or activity, your ticket gives you access to the rooms and collections of the Palazzo Vecchio Museum. Enjoy your self-guided visit after your tour or activity.

 

Availability:

November to May
Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and 3pm

June to October
Every day at 10am, 2:30pm and 4:30pm; on Thursdays only at 10am

Cancellation Policy:
For cancellations once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation, and for no shows, we can refund cost of unused tickets minus service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).

Videoguide Tablet for Palazzo Vecchio

It is possible to add to the service the reservation of a Videoguide for Palazzo Vecchio: a modern tablet, 7 inches long with headset, that can be picked up at the Info Point of the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio.

The tablet is provided for up to two hours, so the time of booking of the tablet will be calculated based on the time of booking of the selected combination. The tablet contains an explanation of the Monumental Quarters without Bianca Cappello Room

Characteristics:
- Interactive Map of the Palace
- 60 minutes of video contents available in 6 languages (English, Italian, Spanish, French, German and Russian).
- 3D reconstructions (including the Salone dei Cinquecento, the Green Room and The Room of Maps)
- Photo Gallery: 60 zoomable pictures in high resolution

Fresco Painting - Apprentices in the Atelier

Painting a Fresco – 15th and 16th Century

Of all the techniques a painter can choose, the most skilled and beautiful is that of painting a wall in one single day - which, in the other techniques, can be corrected through many days of touching up…”

This is how Giorgio Vasari describes this artistic technique, known and carried out since ancient times. The fresco (affresco in Italian) technique is considered one of the most sophisticated and difficult as its execution leaves no room for a change of mind and calls for perfect knowledge of the materials and pigments used. Palazzo Vecchio contains a large number of fresco paintings by Giorgio Vasari himself, as well as by other famous artists such as Francesco Salviati, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Agnolo Bronzino.

 

Apprentices in the Atelier

Become an apprentice for an afternoon - create your own small fresco, and learn hands-on about this ancient and challenging technique! The workshop leader will illustrate the characteristics of the fresco techniques, demonstrate them in the atelier, and lead you through the thrilling experience of creating your own small work of art.

Back in Vasari's days, the preparatory phases required teamwork carried by all the apprentices of the atelier, precisely following a series of phases, from grinding and tempering the colors, to preparing the surface, and plastering the table. Learn how to create the design, prepare the instruments and materials, and apply the colors. Each visitor prepares the support on which to paint, and applies the tonachino, the thin layer of plaster on which to spread the colors on top of a natural terracotta base.

After you have acquired the secrets of fresco painting, you'll retrace the still visible signs of the variety of techniques used by different artists inside the Monumental Quarters of the Palazzo Vecchio. See the frescoes with new eyes, now that you have experienced what it takes to create an affresco yourself!

Cancellation Policy

Once a confirmation code has been assigned to your reservation, we can refund the cost of unused tickets, also for no-shows, minus a service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).

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