Italian language and cultural school for foreigners
“Firenze nell'Arte”

Gilding workshop

Gilding is a set of decoration techniques that can be applied on different materials and objects, in order to embellish them. It is the operation of placing a very thin layer of gold, known as "gold leaf". Sometimes, but rarely, gold is replaced with alloys that simulate the colour of gold, silver or copper.

Gilding techniques are used primarily for frames, precious book volumes, highly valuable furniture and art objects in general.

Gilding was a very important technique in Medieval art and architecture, particularly in the Byzantine and Renaissance periods. The gold leaf was used in paintings on cornice, for the halo of saints, or to represent the brightness of the sun. Gold does not corrode and thanks to this feature many works of golden art have remained intact to this day.


Gold leaf gilding

  • Gilding techniques: gouache and mission.
  • Use of rabbit-skin and fish glues
  • Bologna gilding chalk
  • Bole: technical features
  • Mecca (special alcohol-based varnish)
  • Engraving
  • Chiselling
  • Pastiglia

Restoration of gilded works

  • Introduction of materials
  • Velinatura (application of a protective film)
  • Antiparasitic treatment
  • Old priming consolidation
  • Old lacquer consolidation
  • Cleaning
  • Plaster work
  • Imitation supplemental treatments
  • Ageing


For every 24 hours 750
Registration fee 60

Prices valid upon enrolment for all course commencement dates

Course start dates

2021 2022
Jan 4, 18 Jul 5, 19
Feb 1, 15 Aug 2, 16, 30
Mar 1, 15, 29 Sept 13, 27
Apr 12, 26 Oct 11, 25
May 10, 24 Nov 8, 22
Jun 7, 21 Dec 6

National holidays observed in the year 2021:
6 January, 5 April, 2 June, 24 June, 1 November, 8 December.

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Course enrolment

Materials are not included in the price and will be agreed upon at the beginning of the course.

The 24-hour course can be spread over 2 or more weeks.

All courses are taught in Italian.

Registration is valid for one year and includes the accommodation search service, certificates and a few cultural activities.