Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Short But Sweet: Fresco

Johanna explains wet and dry fresco and the differences between them.

Giotto, Lamentation, 1305-06
Example of Dry or Fresco Secco
 Note that fresco secco is much brighter than buon fresco. Also you will notice the patchy aspect of the blue sky in Giotto's, Lamentation. This patchiness happens because the paint dries faster than it can be applied. Also, the color is fading and/or chipping off. This is a negative aspect of fresco secco. Neither of these problems happen in buon fresco because of the wet lime plaster.
Michelangelo, Portion of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, 1508-12
Example of wet or Buon Fresco
Tune in next week for another Arts and Facts Short but Sweet! Have a great week everyone!

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