Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Brief Introduction

For more than 30,000 years, humans have used wall painting as a vehicle for expression. At an unknown point in history, painters began applying pigments to freshly made plaster surfaces. Colors applied in this manner were permanent and lasted as long as the plaster itself. This was beginning of a technique known as buon fresco or “true” fresco painting.

This blog offers basic information relating to the materials and processes of the buon fresco technique. Please feel free to offer your own thoughts and questions by using the comments feature or send an email to .

Diego Rivera's mural, "The Making of a Fresco" at the San Fransisco Art Institute.