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Patrizia Gioia - L’antica arte del Buon Fresco

The documentary "Patrizia Gioia The ancient art of Fresco" is born from the love and passion for this technique, the desire to spread it, telling a story in an engaging and unusual way, the story of an ancient technique that is born from the meeting of lime and coloured earths ....
The documentary, proposes the disclosure of this ancient technique showing the long process of a wall fresco in a medieval setting of the fourteenth century, when the use of the preparatory sketches on cardboard was already spread.
A movie tense to convey the atmosphere, the feelings and the passion that this fascinating technique arouses in the minds of those who practice it and those who admire, in order to popularize this ancient pictorial form, while a narrator explains it in simple steps.
The movie is not intended as a tutorial but is aimed at a wide audience, with the intention to understand the complexity of the technique and its characteristics and to arouse emotion that the fresco painter tries to create a fresco. " the most sweet and most elusive work to do" (Cennini, in his Art Book)

The work can not be interrupted and then be resumed at a later time and engages physically for hours. The result is unpredictable.

What makes so fascinating this technique is the surface on which you paint, the fresh plaster.

The plaster is painted while it's still wet and this is the reason why the fresco is eternal and essential. What determines the day in fresco is the painter's capacity and the short time available for the pictorial phase. With the passage of time in fact the plaster dries and varies its ability to take or reject the colour, past the golden period in which the brush flies on the surface and the colours blend well, dominating the anxiety to hurry and good. The painter must apply colours while working on all parts of the composition, without indulging in complete a single part, giving time to soak the colours on the plaster. The pictorial day must be carried on without interruption, working methodically and according to the drying time, rapidly and safely without any second thoughts. Fresh plaster is a special support, is alive, is not inert like a canvas, a paper or a board, has its own character to take or reject the colour, while painting the painter must be able to pick up the signals that determine the right time to start and finish the job.
The fresco is an ancient technique that was born from the lime and coloured earth, it was variously experienced over the centuries, depending on pictorial visions, on the available colours and its nature. Natural earths are materials existing in nature, extracted from quarries, known since antiquity and are subjected to a various treatments, they are washed, crushed, cooked to obtain other shades.

  • Lorenzo Vella
  • Patrizia Gioia
  • Lorenzo Vella
  • Patrizia Gioia
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Patrizia Gioia L’antica arte del Buon Fresco
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
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    Digital, Canon C300 fullHD
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Director Biography - Lorenzo Vella

Lorenzo Vella:
Director, filmmaker, director of photography, staedicam operators.
Begins to approach the television art world at the age of 13 years.
The passion that over the years gets him louder and louder to collaborate since 1989 with Christian Life TV International and Servizio Audiovisivi ADI Roma, where for over 20 years he performs the task of 1st cameraman and director assistant on the Italian territory and abroad.
Photographic art enthusiast, from 1992 to 1993, he operates as an assistant-collaborator at the studio of the editor and photographer of art and architecture, Araldo De Luca.
The use of optical benches dedicated to art photography, led him to acquire specific knowledge on architectural photography.
In 2013 he participates in various training seminars and workshops on the latest generation of videography techniques.
In 2014, with such a strong professional background and expertise, gained over the years, he decided to start on his own as a director and director of photography in the field of documentaries on art and nature.
He also participates as the main operator of the camera in movies and video clips on the national and foreign territory.
He devoted himself to amateur photography since the early 80s thanks to the passion transmitted to him by his father, knowing that the world of photography and films made of dark room; then the advent of digital technology came to disturb somehow this romantic condition resetting all the concepts learned about the old photograph school.
Then, the adjustment, necessary and beneficial but also full of complications that laboriously grant a reflective and toughtful photography.
Lorenzo shots represent the idea that one has of reality, so basic and simple without falling into the trap of exaggerated retouching but always trying to infuse feelings that come from the soul.

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