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Course: Painting Restoration
Program: Internship Course
Period : Jun.12,2017-Jun.8,2018
In order to add more practical experience in my career, I decided to study in Florence, the home of restoration work. I wish to improve my painting restoration techniques through experiencing various types of restoration works as well as learning the latest restoration techniques. I am looking forward to letting you know about my daily life in Florence and my weekend visits to churches, museums and so on.
Since there was a break according to the work schedule, I went to Palma.
First of all, I visited the former San Paolo Abbey. There is a fresco painted by the painter Correggio, who flourished mainly in Parma, for the president room of the women’s abbey of the time from 1518 to 19, and it is regarded as one of masterpieces in the Renaissance period.
In the huge Pilotta palace close to San Paolo Abbey, there are archeological museums, museums, libraries, etc., and you can also visit wooden Farnese Theater. It was constructed early in the 17th century, during the Parma period, but it was almost completely destroyed during the world war, so now it is reconstructed according to the original design drawing. A staff member opens the door for visitors to enter and a big theater suddenly appears in front of you which make you feel as if you step into another world.
As you pass through the theater, you arrive to the National Art Gallery. You can see a wide range of works from Romanesque sculpture to Renaissance and the 20th century, and small masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci can also be enjoyed. In the section of the 18th century academy contest winning works, the works from 1st place to 3rd of the same theme for every year are displayed and it was very interesting.
Lastly I visited the Duomo of Parma. The exterior is rustic Romanesque style, but the interior is filled with fresco paintings of the colorful Renaissance era and I am surprised by the difference in style.
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