Art Director

Marco Caratelli

Marco Caratelli was born in Siena in 1979 and graduated from the Istituto d’Arte in Siena. He has participated in several one-man and group exhibit. Today he paints and sells traditional Sienese art reproghaphics, replicating the work of the great Sienese painters of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Marco specializes in the egg-yolk tempera technique, as described in the famous manual on painting by Cennino Cennini (14th century). The panels were painted by such famous masters of the Renaissance as Duccio di Boninsegna, the Lorenzettis, Simone Martini, Sano di Pietro, etc. As with the originals, Marco’s recreations are painted on aged, quality wood and covered in pure gold leaf. In addition, Marco creates elegant copies of Siena’s beautiful gilded icons, preserving the atmosphere of medieval Siena and the tradition of fine painting.


The Art of Medieval Painting

This course aims to provide the student with knowledge of “miniature code”: the illustration of capital letters in the medieval style. During the course, students will visit the Libreria Piccolomini (located within Duomo of Siena) to draw inspiration for their first work: creating a drawing of the first initial of their name followed by realizing it on “pergamena” paper using the medieval technique. The second work will be a painting of a small detail of a medieval masterpiece by a famous artist, such as Duccio di Buoninsegna, Simone Martini among others. The program includes visits to the instructor’s art studio and the Pinacoteca Nazionale, where students will choose a detail to reproduce for both a personal work and for the final work using the egg tempera technique.