While fresco is a monumental art form dating back to Egyptian and Greco-Roman times, it achieved full flourish during the Renaissance in Italy. It is from the Italians, then, that we derive the term itself, after affresco, which means “fresh.” In the15th and 16th centuries, fresco was a principal technique used for a multitude of major commissions - Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel being most familiar to us. As a wall and ceiling decoration, fresco is valued and acclaimed for its vibrancy of color and luminescence, but as important, and barring catastrophe, it endures the life of the wall. Though there currently
exists only a handful of practicing fresco masters, the technique is undergoing
a North American renaissance...

 

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