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!
Suitable for everyone from 8 years and over.
Duration: 75 minutes
Maximum number of participants: 10
Languages: Italian and English
June 12 to September 30
Every day at 10am, 3pm and 4:30pm; on Thursdays only at 10am
Tablet Video Guide for the Palazzo Vecchio
Add the reservation of a Video Guide for the Palazzo Vecchio to the service! The Video Guide is a modern tablet, 7 inches long with headset, which can be picked up at the Info Point of the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio.
Tablet Video Guide Characteristics:
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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!
Full Price Ticket
Reduced Price Ticket: Persons between 18 and 25 years, and over 65 years of age
Free Ticket: Children under 18 years of age
The cultural activity fee and service cost are due for all the ticket categories.
The Dr. Vranjes store is located in Via della Spada 9/r, at the center of Florence's quadrangular shopping area, close to the most prestigious brands of fashion and a few steps from the luxurious Via Tornabuoni.
The store has become a window into the Dr. Vranjes universe, in which customers from all over the world recognize themselves.
Every client presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be given
- a complimentary scented bookmark, regardless of purchase
- a free Dr. Vranjes Shea Lip-balm for a purchase minimum of € 30.00
- a free fragrance spray 25 ml for a purchase minimum of € 100.00
Via della Spada 9r - Firenze
Via San Gallo 63r - Firenze
Borgo la Croce 44r - Firenze
Via Fiori Chiari 24 - Milano
Since 1888, Dante Cardini is one of the landmark jewelers on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You will find brands such as CHIMENTO jewelry, Roberto Poggiali and BARAKA, with contemporary design, as well as the exclusive DANTE CARDINI creations for the more traditional taste.
Owners Massimo and Elisabetta will welcome you in the elegant but informal atmosphere of the store, and guide you in a unique and unforgettable experience for a visit to the terraces from which you will enjoy the beautiful view over the Arno River and the city of Florence.
Clients presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be offered a 10% discount on their purchase.
Gioielleria Cardini - Ponte Vecchio 34/R - Florence
Founded in 1860, Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri is one of the oldest companies in the silversmithing industry of Florence.
Gianna and her sister-in-law Laura are the fourth generation of a family of silversmiths to carry on the tradition that Giuseppe Peruzzi started over 150 years ago.
Dedicated to craftsmanship, we’ll take any request and fulfill the client’s wishes. In addition to being engaged in the research and trade of silver and gold, we proudly display the prestigious brand identification “FI 114,“ among the oldest in Florence.
The production of those items that created the renown of Fratelli Peruzzi over the course of all these years passionately continues in our workshop behind the boutique.
A dream that continues into reality.
FREE COLLECTIBLE GIFT!
Present your voucher and receive a complimentary Hard Rock Cafe gift.
Valid with Euro 25 purchase in the Cafe or Rock Shop. Valid till 30th of Dec. 2015. Not valid with other offers.
One per person per visit. Valid only at Florence location
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