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cool word: fresco

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Teri Sanford (terily)
Thu, 16 Sep 1999 14:48:04 -0500


The Learning Kingdom's Cool Word of the Day for September 16,
1999
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fresco [n. FRES-koh]

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Although most frescoes are murals, not all murals are frescoes.
A
fresco is a painting that was created by applying water-based
pigments to freshly spread lime plaster, while a mural is a
large
painting made directly on a wall or ceiling.

Fresco is also the art of creating frescoes. It's a very
ancient
art, the second oldest form of painting known (only cave
painting is
older). Michelangelo's beautiful paintings in the Sistine
Chapel are
frescoes.

In Italian, fresco means fresh, like the plaster to which the
paint is
applied. If the plaster is on the dry side when it is painted,
then
the method is called "fresco secco" (dry fresco). If the
plaster is
brand new and still quite wet, then it's "buon fresco" (true
fresco).

The art of fresco is experiencing a modern revival:
http://www.pbs.org/fresco/