In 1977, having obtained my diploma in Goldsmithery, Chisel work and Engraving at the “Politecnico del Commercio” in Milan, I started training at the workshop of the sculptor and master chiseller Giancarlo Fecchio, in Venice. This was an opportunity for me to become involved in the restoration work of various artworks in silver, bronze and wood, both secular and religious, for an eminent client base, thereby honing my knowledge of embossment, chisel work and wooden and bronze sculpturing techniques.
At the end of my training period in Venice, and following an apprenticeship with the artistic foundry of Gianni Gurato, I partnered with the restorer Manlio Sironi on restorations and creations mainly of religious gold artefacts from 1984 to 1989. Thus, I began to get more involved in antique religious art, and I learnt now-defunct processes, such as gilding using mercury mixtures and burnishing with agate quartz stones on metal.
Between 1996 and 1997, I received an attendance certificate for a refresher course in the restoration of decorative arts at the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum in Milan, in association with the “Opificio delle Pietre Dure” in Florence. But it is altogether another qualification, that is the defining point of my career: in 2008, at the “Politecnico” University in Milan I attended a six month course on the “Chemistry and Materials in Cultural Heritage: Principles, diagnosis and treatment techniques”