A resource for helping to find and promote modern fresco paintings in Europe
Fresco painting (affresco in Italian) is painting with powdered pigments on fresh plaster. An ancient, extremely durable way of working on a wall or ceiling, it was revived by Italian medieval artists, and flowered brilliantly in the Renaissance and Baroque, only to gradually disappear as a common artistic medium over the course of the nineteenth century. In the twentieth century a combination of greater expertise in restoration and a handful of artists interested in the technique sponsored a mini-renaissance of fresco painting, and new works can now be found across the globe.
Read about fresco technique in a recent article by David Mayernik at Traditional Building magazine
No other artistic medium IS so evocative of a landscape, a culture, and of craft, as true fresco. It's especially because of their durability that the ancient frescoes that have come down to us continue to occupy such a powerful place in our imagination. Since the middle of the last century, new generations of artists committed to craft, beauty, and meaning have created works that extend that ancient tradition, and these new frescoes deserve to be known by a wider audience.
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