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Fresco Paintings

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The fresco technique of mural painting used by Guido Nincheri dates back to ancient times. It is known to have been used in the classical and pre-classical periods  in the Mediterranean region but the technique reached its greatest development  in the Italian Renaissance. Many of the foremost painters of history, such as Giotto, Ucello, Masolino, Raphael and Michelangelo engaged its practice. The technique is so difficult and demanding of the artist that it passed out of use in the 18th century and has been revived by very few artists in the 20th century.

    The technique is difficult to apply as it calls for meticulous preparations and an excellent knowledge of the required materials (lime, sand and coloured pigments) as well as a soft touch, which seldom co-exist. The preparation work is meticulously detailed  because touch ups are not possible. Once applied, the colours are absorbed into the plaster that is a quick drying substance. After that, colours cannot be applied any longer. Frescoes are done  on location; artists must climb on scaffolds and work in damp, cold sites and in very uncomfortable positions.

    Despite the difficulties in its use the rewards to the artist and art lover are great. When carried out with skill and a deep understanding of the materials, fresco painting has a lasting beauty and freshness of colour  that surpasses all other techniques. In addition, since the colours become chemically bound to the surface, it is a very durable medium. It is considered excellence in painting to this day.

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