Oil Paints and Distempers used to create an Illusion

30th September 2018

Probably early 19th century painted on timber wainscoting and skirting boards in a Baroque Pallazo dating from the beginning of the 18th centuries when decorative faux paint finishes were also popular.

Marbeleizing with Natural Oil Paints

29th September 2018

The stair case to the Noble Floor of the Palazzo Nicolaci, Noto is decorated as if it where marble. With marbleizing to give a veined and mottled appearance. This has recently been restored by the community of Noto with the rest of the grand and quirky rooms in this building.

The iron rich limestone and aggregates of south east Sicily

29th September 2018

The iron rich limestone and aggregates of south east Sicily. Colouring the stone, lime mortars and lime renders with a warm patina. In England similar iron rich limestones can be found in the Cotswolds and similar sands include Guiting Stone aggregate.

The Cathedral Church of Saint Nicolo presents a fine Baroque fašade

28th September 2018

The Cathedral Church of Saint Nicolo, Noto, Sicily, presents a fine Baroque façade, designed by Architect Francesco Sinatra. Looking at it now we can almost forget the major collapse of the church in 1996 and the subsequent reconstruction of the Nave and Dome.

Lime Mortars have always had to with stand extreme weather and seas

28th September 2018

Lime Mortars have always had to with stand extreme weather and seas. This photo shows The Castello Maniace, a citadel and castle in Syracuse, Sicily, southern Italy. It is situated at the far point of the Ortygia island promontory, where it was constructed between 1232 and 1240 by the Emperor Frederick II.

Throughout its building and rebuilding it has been constructed from Syracuse finely grained limestone bedded on lime mortars.

The beautiful Noto limestone cladding Noto's Baroque Buildings

27th September 2018

The beautiful Noto limestone cladding Noto's Baroque Buildings

Beautifully weathered lime render

26th September 2018

The church of San Giuseppe dominates the Piazza IX Aprile, next to the clock tower in Taormina, Sicily. The lime rendered façade of Baroque style church with its weathered coatings was built in the second half of the 1600s. It reminds us of our own mortality.

Brick and Stone Formwork Exposed behind Lime Stucco Render

25th September 2018

A picture from 1906 showing the earlier lime stucco render and its detail at the cornice level at the Palazzo Sqroi-Caprino, a 17th century baroque palace, along Corso Umberto in Taormina Sicily.

Lime stucco repairs to capitals

25th September 2018

Lime and Plaster of Paris stucco repairs to capitals and repaired cornice work at the Church of the Carmine, Taormina

Lime Stucco Work by Giovanni Bagutti

6th September 2018

An image of Fame created by hand from gauged lime plaster by the stuccatori Giovanni Bagutti, circa 1715. This can be found at Wentworth Castle in the Italian staircase which provides one of the entrances up an early, fine, eighteenth centurywrought-iron balustrade edged cantilevered stone staircase to the grand long gallery. The staircase and gallery are completely in tune with the palatial style and proportions of the house and grounds.

Historic Lime Kiln at Shap

6th September 2018

An early 19th Century Lime Kiln at Shap, Cumbria. Built with Snecked drystone rubble walls with visible quoins on battered sides and stands 25 ft high. The central segment-headed hearth is 8 ft wide. An earth ramp leads to the top and a track through the field from the bottom.