Casperia 2019

In April 2019, Temple University Rome students completed a reproduction of the Santa Maria di Legarano fresco in the historic center of Casperia. Work involved research is the particular style and pigments used, drawing, plaster application and painting. It was completed in two full days by three students. It is visible next to the church of San Giovanni.



In April 2018, Temple University Rome students redecorated a roadside chapel form the 17th century in via Santa Maria, Casperia. The fresco depicts saints John The Baptist, the patron of Casperia, and Mary, whom the chapel who originally dedicated to. In the background is a view of Casperia. The fresco was executed in one giornata over three days. Students engaged in research of local styles and iconography, design, drawing, mortar application and painting. We also experienced the local cuisine at La Torretta B&B and had a wine tasting and an olive oil tasting with Johnny Madge.


In February 2018, Umbra Institute students completed an on site fresco project in Casperia. See the students’s record of the project hereĀ


In April 2016, Temple University Rome students completed a fresco of the Nymphs of Paranzano, at Palazzo Forani, Casperia. The project involved research in local history, drawing and design, application in three buon fresco layers, and final painting. The nymphs of Paranzano are two Roman period statues, found in the nearby villa of Paranzano. The Palazzo Forani has its foundation in the original walled city of the 13th century. The Forani family was an ally of the Orsini, whose symbol is the bear. Besides working, we visited the 12th century castle of Rocchettine and the Cavallini frescoes at Vescovio from 1300. Guest chef Silvano prepared an exquisite menu of homemade, local produce. We also made bone black pigment from our chicken dinner, and used it in the fresco.