Art Conservation in Venice:  An Inside Look with a Restorer with Sara Grinzato

Art Conservation in Venice: An Inside Look with a Restorer with Sara Grinzato


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Visitors to Italy marvel in front of masterpieces that have miraculously survived for centuries, sometimes still in situ. The sensory experience is so overwhelming that viewers forget to consider how these works have been preserved. Join fine art restorer Sara Grinzato to learn the science and technique behind the conservation and restoration of Venice’s artistic treasures. Drawing on first-hand experience working in the field, we'll learn about the challenges and triumphs of this profession.

This seminar will introduce us to the world of restoration of oil painting on canvas and polychromed wood statues, according to the most recent theories developed in Italy. Using examples of artworks from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century, we will discuss what it means to clean a painted surface, to stretch a canvas, to consolidate paint flakes, to line or reline a canvas, to retouch with different methods, to treat a biological attack, to guarantee lasting protection to the works. Some examples of recent restoration projects carried out in Venice will help us to understand the essential phases of the conservation process.

Led by a restorer and expert on Venetian art, Sara Grinzato, this seminar will capture the attention of art lovers. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased awareness of art conservation and an appreciation for the professional efforts that are constantly advanced to preserve Venice’s artistic heritage.

Sara Grinzato is a professional art historian, conservator and expert in the Venetian art. She is active as an independent scholar, researching on the arts of Venice from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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