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2023 offline only July 13-23

Background to the realization of the project is the discovery, on fortuitous occasions, of a number of works , twenty including both paintings and sketches , by a Paduan painter, Antonio Grinzato (Padua, 1874-1926 ) , an active artist of the beginning of the twentieth century and today little known due to the very limited number of his (known) works .

Grinzato was endowed with excellent artistic skills and perfectly inserted in the cultural context between the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. During his activity, he took part to various national artistic exhibitions and his activity is particularly interesting for the artistic events that they interested Padua in that period.

Padua, in fact, despite suffering from the excessive proximity to Venice and therefore suffering in some way the liveliness and importance of the artistic climate that radiated from the lagoon city, was interested, at the beginning of the century, by the co-presence of some of the most relevant to Italian painting of this period: Felice Casorati, Umberto Boccioni and Ugo Valeri, Mario Cavaglieri , to whose artistic events Antonio Grinzato was also tied up.









Daily schedule





MON (July 26, 2021)

• Lecture (10:00 – 13:00 Italian Time, 17:00 – 20:00 Beijing Time)



Vincenzo De Masi (Summer School Director) Massimiliano D'Ambra (Summer School Director)


17:30 Introduction and historical info

Monica Pregnolato (Superintendence for Architectural Heritage and Landscap), Giulio Petrobelli (art historian)


18: 40 The importance of the transmission of cultures in a globalized world Maurizio Rossi (Founder CoCEO - H-FARM)





TUE (July 27, 2021)

• Restoring (9:00 – 13:00 Italian Time, 16:00 – 20:00 Beijing Time) Location – PAINTING STUDY


 16:00 Historical-artistic analysis

 Monica Pregnolato (Superintendence for Architectural Heritage and Landscap), Giulio Petrobelli (art historian)

 17:10 Degradation analysis

Giovanna Niero (restorer)


18:20 Diagnostic analysis

Ligia Moretto (director of the diagnostic laboratory - Ca 'Foscari)






WED (July 28, 2021)

• Restoring (9:00 – 13:00 Italian Time, 16:00 – 20:00 Beijing Time)




16:00 Packaging, pre-consolidation, transport to the restoration laboratory Giovanna Niero (restorer) Massimiliano D'Ambra (Summer School Director)


17:30 Introductory lesson to the restoration of paintings


 18:40 Cleaning and consolidation test

 Giovanna Niero (restorer)






THU (July 29, 2021)

• Restoring (9:00 – 13:00 Italian Time, 16:00 – 20:00 Beijing Time)




16:00 Diagnostic lesson for the restoration and first analysis of the works Ligia Moretto (director of the diagnostic laboratory - Ca 'Foscari)




Restoration project design

  • Dr. Massimiliano D'Ambra (Summer School Director, Archaeology and Architect) 

  • Dr. Vincenzo De Masi, Summer School Director and Associate Professor at United International College, Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University, Zhuhai (CN)

  • Prof. Ligia Maria Moretto, Director of the diagnostic laboratory - University of Venice Ca 'Foscari

  • Monica Pregnolato, Superintendence for Architectural Heritage and Landscap.

  • Dr. Giulio Petrobelli, Art Historian

  • Dr. Eleonora Balliana, DAIS - University of Venice Ca 'Foscari

  • Dr. Federica Menegazzo, University of VeniceDSMN - Ca 'Foscari 

  • Giovanna Niero, Restorer

  • Sara Magnetti, Collaborator of the restorer

  • Maurizio Rossi, Founder CoCEO - H-FARM


Students of the University of Venice Ca 'Foscari, Science and Technology Course: 

  • Caterino Salvatore

  • Marta Santin

  • Meri Bordin

  • Matilde Kratter

Chinese University partners

  • Dr. Marcella Festa

  • Dr. Hazel Xinxian Hu, Shanghai Publishing and Printing College


NB: All phases of activity on the works will be the subject of video footage for the preparation of a subsequent documentary.


Background and Italian Partners:

The Region of Veneto (northern Italy, prominent city - Venice) is keen to promote tourism and create greater awareness of the historical and cultural significance of the area, particularly to Chinese people as the Chinese tourist industry develops and exerts ever greater influence on the world stage.

威尼托(Veneto)是意大利东北部的一个政区,其边界与伦巴第、特伦蒂诺-上阿迪杰, 威尼托拥有丰富的艺术和文化。具有历史价值的建筑包括独特的威尼斯建筑物及桥梁,以及不少帕拉第奥式建筑的别墅。维罗纳竞技场是一个古罗马的圆形竞技场,传统上专演歌剧。


Ca' Foscari University of Venice currently has eight departments and almost 21,000 students. It is one of the highest ranked universities in Italy, ranking 5th in 2017 out of 89 universities.

Università Ca' Foscari Venezia

威尼斯大学 唯一官方中文名称为“威尼斯大学”,是意大利威尼斯市的一所综合性大学


Walled Cities of Veneto ( was officially founded in January 1997 under the patronage of the Veneto Region with the aim of promoting initiatives aimed at their knowledge, protection, protection, conservation and enhancement.








Ca' Foscari University of Venice currently has eight departments and almost 21,000 students. It is one of the highest ranked universities in Italy, ranking 5th in 2017 out of 89 universities.

Università Ca' Foscari Venezia

威尼斯大学 唯一官方中文名称为“威尼斯大学”,是意大利威尼斯市的一所综合性大学


Professors and professionals

Massimiliano D'Ambra, Director and founder of Italy Summer Documentary Program. General manager at Archeo Ed srl. Architecture and design Padua, Italy.

Vincenzo De Masi, Director and founder of Italy Summer Documentary Program. Associate professor at the United International College Zhuhai.

Loredana Borghesan, Mayor of Montagnana city and president of Walled Cities Veneto.



Massimiliano D'Ambra,意大利暑期纪录片项目创始人与理事、Archeo Ed srl公司总经理、负责设计与筑建意大利城市帕多瓦。(

Vincenzo De Masi,意大利暑期纪录片项目创始人与理事,北京师范大学-香港浸会大学联合国际学院副教授。(

Loredana Borghesan,意大利蒙特尼亚那市市长,威尼托大区古城墙城市联盟主席。(




The unexpected discovery, after a century of silence, of Antonio Grinzato’s works, offers both the opportunity to shed some light on a painter of considerable ability and to shed further light on the pictorial history of Padua at the beginning of the twentieth century. This discovery also shows the influence on one of the most important Italian artists of the time, such as Felice Casorati, offering the opportunity to make a big project of recovery intercultural.

The design ambition, in fact, is to make young people from different systems and cultures live and share experiences of discovery, study, recovery, restoration, protection, enhancement and dissemination, as elements of an artistic culture able to unite, because linked to absolute and therefore common and collective themes.

The discovery of the works, which had been lying for almost a century in the cellar of a house surely linked to the painter or to his heirs, has the characteristics of a history of other times: acquired , together with the other materials present in the cellar , by a second-hand dealer local, ended up, anonymous and in poor condition , in his warehouse, where, covered with poor and forgotten again , they were, by chance, recognized in their real artistic interest and immediately purchased.

From this point the background ends and the project begins. The works are still in the study where they have immediately been moved after the discovery and the purchase and, due to their storage conditions, were not even clean and they had a first catalogue.

The project will involve various people in Italy and abroad, in this first phase in China; in 2021 the project will have, down to the problems related to COVID 19, a start only partially in the presence and limited to Italian students, while from 2022 it will proceed in the presence of foreign students as well.

The project includes: the transfer of the works to a qualified restoration laboratory, the pre-consolidation, cleaning and restoration of the works, their analysis through diagnostic investigations carried out by a specialized laboratory of an Italian university, the study of the works by a highly qualified art historian and specialized in early twentieth century painting, who for a long time dealt with the great painters who worked in Padua in this period.

Students from Italian and Chinese universities will participate in all phases of the project as didactic activity. The project foresees the participation of the students in all the theoretical and practical phases of the analyzes and interventions.

This will be followed by the organization of an exhibition, in one of the exhibition venues of the Municipality of Padua, and the publication of a catalogue in Italian, English and Chinese.

At the same time, Chinese students and teachers will organize an exhibition in China, where the works will be temporarily transferred and exhibited.

All the phases, starting from the transfer of the works to the restoration laboratory, will be the subject of film shots made by the students, in order to produce a documentary, also in three languages, to be projected within the exhibition and associated with the catalogue to be disseminated in the media, as an example of international cooperation on universal issues.

Filming will be carried out in Italy and it will document all the phases of the project: the restoration, the study, the drafting of the multilingual catalogue, the design and preparation of the exhibition until its inauguration. From abroad it will be possible to participate both in presence (from 2022) for the  groups of foreign students who will temporarily live in Italy, and also via the web from participating universities, interacting directly during the entire cultural and implementation process of the event. In 2021 the shooting will be made by Italian students who will work, in collaboration, with Chinese colleagues. The project will therefore continue in 2022 and will end with the design and preparation of the exhibition in the Italian and foreign locations and the following transfer, according to the pre-established calendar, of the works to the various exhibition locations. Groups of Italian students, who will temporarily live in the participating countries, may also participate in the set-up phases in foreign locations.

The project will include documentation and the possibility of participation, direct or virtual, in all phases of analysis, restoration and study, up to the preparation and realization of the exhibitions.

Students will participate to the entire process and to all phases of the project, from the current location of the works after the purchase to the restoration laboratory, where, in addition to the documentation of the analysis and restoration activities and the illustration and sharing of choices, both philosophical and restoration techniques, it will be possible for some students to actively participate, as interns, in the restoration operations.

In Italy, various public and private actors will participate in the project: the organization of the project will be curated by Massimiliano D'Ambra, Teresa De Gregorio, Vincenzo De Masi, Gianlorenzo Martini and Maurizio Rossi, of the cultural association for the promotion of international cultural relationships IN-BETWEEN.. Città Murate of Veneto will take part in the project, as part of the already existing program of bilateral Italy-China relations. The art historian Virginia Baradel will be respobsible for the study of the works .The restoration interventions will be guided by the restorer Giovanna Niero, the chemical-physical investigations for the realization of the restorations and for the analysis of the degradation and painting techniques will be carried out by the investigation laboratory of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the video documentation of the activities will be made by the students of the various foreign and Italian participating universities , the exhibition design will be carried out by Archeo Ed engineering .


The project, which can be replicated in any socio-cultural context, will pave the way to the preservation and international sharing of knowledge and good practices.



The Chinese universities that will participate in this initial online phase will be:

United International College,

Hong Kong Baptist University and Beijing Normal University.

The adhesions of Tianjin University and the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts are pending .




  • Identification of the historical context and cultural background in which the paintings were made.

  • The study of the works from the historical-artistic point of view.

  • TRANSPORT at the restoration laboratory, after pre-consolidation if necessary and safety of the works with appropriate packaging.

  • Analysis of degradation and materials for the restoration project of the paintings.

  • Mapping of degradation with a graphic program to highlight the problems of the works is the various damages suffered in time.

  • Study of the artistic techniques used by the author also through specific diagnostic tests.

  • Invasive and non-invasive diagnostics and analysis for the study of the materials used by the artist and for the drafting of the restoration project.

  • Restoration design.

  • Consolidation test of the supports and of the pictorial film and subsequent application to the restoration.

  • Surface improvement with the help of the low pressure table.

  • Support lining or reinforcement techniques.

  • Test surface cleaning paintings.

  • Cleaning steps.

  • Phases of integration of the surface and the mimetic pictorial material, chromatic with colors of a specific synthesis.

  • Study of painting with aliphatic paints of a specific synthesis.

  • Study of the framing for exhibition purposes.

Students will take the online lessons only in 2021, these lessons will be carried out by experts and professors in the field of restoration.




Antonio Grinzato was born in Padua in 1874, son of Domenico, a landowner, and of Anna Manzoni, daughter of the appreciated and famous Paduan painter Giacomo Manzoni (Padua 1840-1912), who in turn applied himself to learning painting. In the 1890s, Antonio attended the private painting school of master Alessio Valerio [1] (Piove di Sacco 1831-Padua 1922). A group of young painters, almost the same age, who will be well present on the Paduan scene in the following years participated with him: Ugo Valeri (Piove di Sacco 1873-Venice 1911), Giovanni Vianello (Padua 1973-Padua 1926), Antonio Soranzo ( Padua 1873-Vicenza 1946), Giuseppe Cecchetto (Padua 1876-1951).

In 1903 Grinzato participated in the creation of the nude school founded by his painter friend Giovanni Vianello [2] and in the following years he collaborated in the didactic activity, in the painting school held by Vianello himself, which sees Felce Casorati and Mario Cavaglieri [3] as excellent students.

The exhibition events of Antonio Grinzato are, for a while, linked to those of Vianello and Casorati, until his friend Vianello is forced to abandon painting due to a serious form of exhaustion and Casorati does not move to other cities.

He exhibited at various national exhibitions: in 1904 in Rome, in 1906 again in Rome, Milan and Florence, in 1908 again in Milan, in 1914 at the International Biennale of Art in Venice and at the Permanente in Milan. In 1920 at the National Art Exhibition of Vicenza and at the National of Padua, in 1921 and in 1922 again at the National of Padua. In 1922 he participated in the selections for the Venice International Art Biennale.

He died in 1926 and the same year a retrospective exhibition was dedicated to him in room 33 of the IV National Exhibition of the Società Promotrice di Belle Arti in Padua.

In 2015, after almost a century of silence, some of his paintings are exhibited at the exhibition Il Giovane Casorati. Padua, Naples and Verona, in Padua.






Exhibitions :

1900 Art exhibition - Verona.

1903 Venetian regional exhibition - Udine.

1904 Exhibition The Seven Sins - Padua.[4]

1904 Amateurs and Fine Arts Connoisseurs - Rome. [5]

1906 National Exhibition of Fine Arts - Milan.[6]

1906 Mostra del Cappellino, Padua (besides him, Vianello, Casorati, Cavaglieri and Bolasco exhibit).

1906 Exhibition aboard the ship Scilla - Venice.[7]

1906 Society of Fine Arts - Florence.[8]

1906 Amateurs and Connoisseurs of Fine Arts - Rome.[9]

1908 National Exhibition of Fine Arts - Milan.[10]

1908 Art Exhibition - Padua.

1908 Art Exhibition Philharmonic Artistic Circle - Padova.[11]

1909 Art Exhibition Philharmonic Artistic Circle - Padua.[12]

1910 Art Exhibition Philharmonic Artistic Circle - Padua.[13]

1914 International Biennial of Art of the City of Venice.

1914 Exhibition Bottega of Art - Padua .

1914 National Exhibition of Permanent Fine Arts - Milan.[14]

1920 I National Exhibition Società Promoter of Fine Arts - Padua.[15]

1920 National Art Exhibition - Vicenza. [16]

1921 II National Exhibition Promoting Society of Fine Arts - Padua.[17]

1922 Participates in the selection, with one of the paintings of project, for the Biennale International Art of the City à Venice

1922 III National Exhibition Promoting Society of Fine Arts - Padua.[18]

1926 Retrospective IV National Exhibition of the Promoting Society of Fine Arts - Padua.[19]

2015 The young Casorati. Padua, Naples and Verona - Padua.[20]

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