23 September 2010

The Church's New Facade - Testing the Colours

The surface is now finished - the final coats are based on lime and powdered Carrera marble. All the preparation has been done as it would have been in the 17th century.

The facade has had the right amount of time to dry, which, because of our incredibly heavy spring rains this year, put everything back by two months. During this time the facade was covered by heavy plastic fixed over the scaffolding.

The framework of the windows is in place.

Below you see the design that was chosen and over the next days we'll meet the artisan, and his assistant, who will be creating the trompe l'oeil - you see him on the scaffolding. Meanwhile, he has tested the colours - top photo.


  1. Wonderful how you are taking us through the fascinating process!

  2. cela fait tres pop art ;o))

  3. Don't you just love it when you see 'art' where it wasn't really intended?

  4. Very interesting. Can't wait to see the finished product.

  5. A beautiful architectural canvas for the artist -- I adore that color!! Thanks for taking us along on the progress -- just fascinating.

  6. This will be wonderful when finished ... let's hope these artists are fully paid this time around!

  7. I've had a sneek preview as was in Gorbio last week. All I will say is it is truely stunning.
    I can't believe that in 45 years of coming to the region, I have never visited Gorbio....a remarkably beautiful village. You are so lucky to live there Jilly

  8. Graeme, ah great you've seen the finished work. And yes I know I'm so lucky. I live two kilometres below the village or shorter if you walk down the donkey track!


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