Frescoes

The Maestro’s achievements in this ancient art are even more distinguished by the use of pure pigments applied alongside minerals and semiprecious stones, intersecting with radiant gold backgrounds that are created through the venerable technique of "daily caesura".

His introduction to the beauty and richness of the craft was in 2002, when he was deeply inspired by the fresco cycle dedicated to the stories of the Old and New Testament, which were part of the International Collaboration at the Church of the Transfiguration in Cape Cod, Mass.This experience beget years of immersion in the fine art of frescos and its ancient techniques, leading to his involvement with the San Ranieri Fresco Project, currently underway in Pisa, Italy.

There, a centuries-old wall in the church of Saints Vito and Ranieri is being decorated with eight magnificent scenes, depicting the life of St. Ranieri, patron Saint of Pisa in a truly unique masterpiece, that spans a total of 200 square meters from floor to ceiling. The Project will be the largest modern-day fresco cycle in Europe and perhaps in the world.

250 figures - portraits from life, modeled by Pisa’s own citizens – will be portrayed accompanying Ranieri on his journey. The realization of this project has already won recognition nationally and internationally, as evidenced by two commentaries shot by the BBC as well as releases in other prestigious media.

The Belgravia Gallery places Maestro Luca Battini “among the great fresco painters of our time”. The director of the Vatican Museums, Professor Antonio Paolucci along with Selene Sconci, director of the National Museum of Palazzo Venezia, further commended Battini’s talent and exceptional abilities.

Inside the Church

Inside the Church

Study for fresco

Study for fresco

Study for fresco

Study for fresco

Saint Ranieri

Saint Ranieri

Halo in gold leafing

Halo in gold leafing

Cartoon pouncing

Cartoon pouncing

Fresco Painting

Fresco Painting

Daily caesura on wall

Daily caesura on wall

Christ figure in progress

Christ figure in progress

Christ figure in progress

Christ figure in progress

Christ figure in progress

Christ figure in progress

Christ figure, full size in progress

Christ figure, full size in progress

Christ featured on a gold background

Christ featured on a gold background

Gold background particular

Gold background particular

Fresco Particular

Fresco Particular

Fresco particular

Fresco particular

Fresco Particular

Fresco Particular

Inside the S. Vito church

Inside the S. Vito church