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STACCHI d’afrresco

by on August 20, 2013

A “fresco” is the type of wall painting created with natural pigments and clays mixed with water and spread on fresh plaster.


A “fresco” is the type of wall painting created with natural pigments and clays mixed with water and spread on fresh plaster. The plaster, which must remain humid whilst it is being worked with, is spread a little at a time, in the quantities that the artist judges he’ll be able to paint in one day. The fresco style can give splendid results, but requires a perfect mastery of the technique and the ability to paint with rapidity and confidence as this method, very different from other painting techniques, does not allow hesitations or corrections. After having created the fresco the painted plaster must dry completely. A canvas is glued onto the latter and is then stripped. In this way the painting is removed, on the canvas in reverse, a “negative”. The “retrieval” phase is the transfer of the painting to create the front view of the painting, or the ‘positive’. This process has a second canvas glued to the back of the first one, the first glue is dissolved, the first canvas is removed and the fresco is then transferred to the second canvas. This method is called ‘Calicot’ or the ‘Strappo’ method, creating an authentic modern fresco on canvas.


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