Born in Vercelli on 6  May 1964

EDUCATION
1983 – 1987

Academy of Fine Arts ‘Brera’, Milan, Italy.
Painting Master’s Degree.
This four years course has included: Painting Techniques, Modern and Contemporary History of Art, Anatomy, Printings Techniques, Philosophy, Architectural Design. Photography Techniques, Conservation Theory, Pedagogy, History of Music, Pedagogy.


1977 – 1982
Diploma in artistic disciplines, Liceo Artistico Statale, Novara, Italy.


COURSES POST ACADEMY
2020

- IIC online workshop ‘Modular Acqueous Cleaning Programme’ held by Chris Stavroudis & Nina Roth-Wells.
- University of GlascoW, UK/ Future Learn. CPD online course ‘Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime’.


2018
ICON, ‘Health and Safety’ course, Hanover Conference Centre, Edinburgh, UK.

2015
Preliminary technical online course on ‘Thermographic Investigations for Buildings Maintenance’, Farad s.r.l, Florence, Italy.

2014
Course on scagliola inlay, held by Filippo Carnazza, Carpi (Mo), Italy.

2007 - 2016
- Research, study and training on traditional techniques of scagliola
marble, Rima (Vc), Italy.
- Attended several practical courses on the techniques of scagliola marbles, Laboratorio del Marmo Artificiale (Scagliola Marble Workshop), Rima (Vc), Italy. Under the supervision of Master Silvio Dellavedova.


2009
A year course on Geology, Department of Environmental and Land
Engineering, Polytechnic University, Turin, Italy.


2001
A four months training course on new materials for wall paintings conservation (ciclododecan, colloidal silica), under the supervision of the head conservator Jörg Breitenfeldt and associates ‘Restauriering an Oberbaum’, Berlin, Germany - Leonardo Project, London, UK.

1999
Workshop ‘The Use of Cyclododecan in Preliminary Interventions of
Conservation’, held by Conservator Hans Hangleiter, Cesmar 7 and
C.N.A., Bergamo, Italy.


1996
Course ‘New Methods and Materials for Cleaning Polychrome
Surfaces’- based upon Richard Wolbers' methods -, Prof. P.Cremonesi and A.C.R. (Association of Restorers and Conservators), Milan, Italy.


1994
Summer course  on ‘Florentine Methods of Retouching’ (Abstraction and Chromatic Selection) held by conservator Gabriella Forcucci, Palazzo Spinelli, Florence, Italy.

1991
Course ‘Conservation of Historical Buildings Plasters’, C.N.A.
(National Confederation of Craftsmen), Turin, Italy. With the scholar of ancient Italian plasters, Master Gilberto Quarneti.


1989
Course ‘Techniques of Mural Decoration and Trompe-l’oeil’, Scuole
Artigiane San Carlo, Turin, Italy.



CONVENTIONS and SIMPOSYUMS
2019

EEA Social, ‘Let’s Talk About Conservation’ meeting, Custom Lane, Leith, Edinburgh, UK.

2018
ICON Scotland, conference ‘Nanolimes and Digital Conservation Mapping’, Stirling Castle, Stirling, UK.

2017
Historic Enviromental Scotland, conference ‘Unfired Earth Construction’, Engine Shed, Forthside, Stirling, UK.

2012
APLAR simposyum ‘Use of Laser Techniques in Conservation’,
Florence, Italy.


2010
Conference ‘Use of Digital Technologies in Conservation’ - C.N.A &
Fondazione Villa Fabris, Thiene, (Vi), Italy.


1999
Seminar ‘The Use of Cyclododecan in Preliminary Interventions of
Conservation’, held by conservator Hans Hangleiter, Cesmar 7 &
C.N.A., Bergamo, Italy.



MEMBERSHIPS
Since 2016  Member of ICON, UK
Since 2012  Member of the ‘Laboratorio del Marmo Artificiale’ Rima, (Vc), Italy.
1996 Associated to CNA - National Confederation of Craft - Turin, Italy.



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
2020

Gladstone’s Land, Edinburgh, UK. - Assistant to Karen Dundas. Preventive conservation, C16th painted beamed ceilings.

2019
Mansfield Traquair Centre, Edinburg, UK. - Collaborator of Karen Dundas. Consolidation of the C19th mural wall paintings by Phoebe Anna Traquair.


2018
Banqueting House, Historic Royal Palaces, London, UK.
Assistant to Greg Howarth and Richard Ireland. Uncovering trials of the original C17th beamed ceilings and decorative fascia by Inigo Jones.


2017
Corby Castle, Carlisle, Cumbria, UK. Private residence, Tempietto. Condition survey of the C18th wall paintings.

2016
Reform Club, Pall Mall, London, UK.
Billiard Room, conditions survey of the damaged C19th scagliola marble interior.


2015
Reform Club, Pall Mall, London, UK.
Autonomous restoration and conservation,  C19th scagliola marble plaster, East Gallery.


2013
Rochester Cathedral, Kent, UK - English Heritage. Assistant to Perry-Lithgow Partnership (PLP). Consolidation and cleaning of extensive medieval painted plaster vault in the Crypt.

August 2013 – May 2012
Reform Club, Pall Mall, London, UK. Assistant to the company IFACS.
Restoration and conservation of the C19th ceilings and walls decoration, Library.


2010
Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire, UK - National Trust. Assistant to PLP. Conservation of C18th oil on plaster wall paintings, by Sir James Thornill,  Staircase and Entrance Hall ceilings and walls.

2009
St Mary’s Church, Troston, Suffolk, UK - Historic Churches Trust.
Site supervisor to Andrea Kirkham. Conservation of a series of C14th to C16th wall paintings.


2008
Tomb of Menna, Sheik-el-Gurna, Valley of the Nobles, Luxor, Egypt -
A.R.C.E. (American Research Centre in Egypt). Last conservation phase
of the C15th - C14th BC wall paintings, Thutmosi IV.


2007
- Tomb of Menna, Luxor, Egypt.
First phase of the conservation project, survey and documentation.
- Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire - National Trust. Assistant to PLP.
Conservation of C18th oil on plaster wall paintings, by Sir James Thornill,  Staircase and Entrance Hall ceilings and walls.


2006.
- Wallington Hall, Northumberland, UK - National Trust. Assistant to PLP.
Extensive scheme of C19th oil paintings on canvas, plaster and stone
throughout the Central Hall, by William Bell Scott and Others.
- Priory, Surrey, UK. Assistant to ‘The Wall Painting Workshop’. Conservation of the C18th oil on plaster wall painting ‘The Marriage of
Juno and Jupiter’.
- Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul, Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire, UK - Churches Tustree. Assistant to Ann Ballantine.
Conservation of C14th and C15th wall paintings, People's Chapel.
Consolidation, cleaning and retouching of the C19th wall painting ‘The
Annunciation’ by W.T. Beane, Lady Chapel.


2005
Wallington Hall, Northumberland, UK - National Trust. Assistant to PLP.

2004
St Mary’s Church, West Walton, Norfolk, UK.
Assistant to PLP. Conservation of a series of C13th to C18th wall paintings.


2003-1999
- Peterborough Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, UK - English Heritage. Assistant to PLP. C13th Nave ceiling, oil painting on wood. Five years of a phased project, extensive condition survey and conservation treatment works of the following:
C13th North and South Transept ceilings;
C14th Apse ceiling (overpainted in C19th);
late C15th/early C16th Presbytery ceiling (overpainted in C19th). Apse ceiling including marouflage canvas;
C13th and C14th wall paintings throughout the building.
- St Alban’s Cathedral, Hertfordshire, UK - English Heritage.
Five years of a phased conservation project.
Nave and North Transept, series of C12th to C15th wall paintings.


2002
- Peterborough Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, UK. Assistant to PLP.
- St Alban Abbey, Hertfordshire, Uk. Assistant to PLP.
- St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK - Churches Conservation Trust. Assistant to PLP.
Chancel, conservation of C19th painted stone sedilia.
- All Saints Church, Shorthampton, Oxfordshire, UK - National Trust.
C13th to C18th wall paintings throughout the Nave. Assistant to PLP.
- Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire, UK. Assistant to PLP.


2001
- Leonardo Project, London/Berlin. Assistant to ‘Restauriering am Oberbaum Studio’ conservators, Berlin, Germany.
Conservation treatments of the following:
 A Renaissance Italian chimneypiece, Bode-museum Collection, Berlin;
 C 20th detached frescoes from the Academy of Fine Arts, 1943, Berlin;
 Consolidation of a gothic fresco painting, Marienkirche, Berlin.
- St Alban’s Cathedral, Hertfordshire, UK. Assistant to PLP.
- Peterborough Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, UK. Assistant to PLP.


2000
- West Wycombe, West Wycombe Hall, Buckinghamshire, UK - National Trust. Assistant of the PLP.
Conservation of the C18th painted ceilings in the Study.
- Old Gwernyfed, Velindre, Powys, Wales, UK. Private residence. Assistant of the PLP.
Conservation of two C17th tromp-l’oeil decorations on plaster.
- St Swithin’s Church, Launcells, Cornwall, UK. Assistant  to
Ann Ballantine.
Uncovering and conservation of a C16th wall painting.
- Peterborough Cathedral, Cambridgeshire. Assistant to PLP.


1999
- St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, West Midland, UK. Assistant to PLP.
Extensive C19th Pugin decorative schemes, oil on plaster, in the Hardman and St Peter’s Chapels.
- St Alban’s Cathedral, Hertfordshire, UK. Assistant to PLP.
- Peterborough Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, UK. Assistant to PLP.


1998-1999
Hill Hall, Essex, UK - English Heritage. Assistant to Tobit Curteis
Conservation of the C16th wall paintings ‘Psyche and Cupid’.


1998
- Farley-Hungerford Castle, Wiltshire, UK - English Heritage. Assistant to Paine & Stewart.
Conservation of the C17th plaster in the Chapel.
- Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, UK -  National Trust. Assistant to Elizabeth Holford and Christoph Oldenbourg.
Conservation of the C16th plaster in the Sacristy.


1997
- Dover Castle, Wales, UK - English Heritage. Assistant to Paine & Stewart.
Conservation of the C12th fresco fragments in the Royal Apartment.
- St. James’s Palace, London, UK. - Assistant to Paine & Stewart.
Conservation of two fragments of oil paintings on plaster by Antonio
Verrio (C17th) and Godfrey Kneller (C18th), Royal Collection, Windsor Castle.

N.B. For reasons of brevity all Italian projects carried out between
1987-1996 have been omitted.


AWARD
2010

Wallington Hall, Northumberland, UK - National Trust. Assistant to PLP.
Winner project of the ‘2010 Award for Conservation’, Pilgrim Trust, in
collaboration with ICON and the Royal Institute of Great Britain.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2019

Organisations and delivery of autonomous course for conservators from UK, scagliola techniques, Edinburgh Palette, Edinburgh, UK.

2019 – 2018
Appointed mentor of the 2018 Inches Carr Award winner - technique of
scagliola marble – Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK.


2016
Autonomous course for Italian students, scagliola marble techniques. Associazione ‘Laboratorio del marmo artificiale’, Rima (Vc), Italy.

2015
Organization of courses for City&Guild Conservation students, London,UK, scagliola marble techniques. Assistant to the Master Silvio Dellavedova, ‘Laboratorio del Marmo Artificiale’, Rima (Vc), Italy.

 

1998
Porchester Castle, Hampshire, UK - English Heritage.
Assistant of Stephen Paine for the training of students from the Courtauld
Institute, Wall Paintings Conservation Department, London, UK.

NOTE: from 2003 to 2013 collaboration as art correspondent from London, ‘Arte’ magazine by Giorgio Mondadori Publishing Company – then Cairo Publishing Company, Milan, Italy.



EXHIBITIONS/CPD EVENTS
2019

- Cristina Beretta ‘Natural Plasters and Scagliola Samples Show’.
CPD event organized by Jan Hajek - Groves-Raines Architects - Custom Lane, Leith, Edinburgh,UK.
- Organization of a CPD introduction and demo by Keim Mineral Paints representatives, studio 2.37, Edinburgh Palette, Edinburgh, UK.


2017-2019
Various ‘Open Studio’ days, 2.37 Edinburgh Palette, 151 London Road,
Edinburgh,UK.


1989
Exhibition ‘Untitled’, Cerimonial Room Gallery, Candelo Medieval Village, Biella, Italy - Paintings on paper. With Nadia Landrino.

1988
Exhibition ‘Salon Primo’, Cafiso Art Gallery, Via Solferino, Milan, Italy.
Collective exhibition of selected students from the Academy of Brera.


1988 -1987
‘Visual Arts Proposals’, Cultural Foundation ‘Franco Antonicelli’,  Palazzo Carignano, Turin, Italy.
A solo exhibition, followed by a collective exhibition art works by young selected Italian artists – Paride Chiapatti curator.


1987
Exhibition ‘One year at the Academy of Brera: 1985-1986’Fossano (To), Italy - Cultural Foundation ’Federico Sacco’
Collective of selected students from the Painting Course - Prof. Beppe Devalle

 

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