Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Brief Introduction

Humans have used wall painting as a vehicle for expression for more than 30,000 years. At an unknown point in history, it was discovered that painting with pigment on moist limestone created a long lasting and stable image. This ancient discovery was the beginning of a painting technique known as buon or “true” fresco.

Painting in fresco requires an artist to apply pigment mixed in water to freshly laid plaster. As the surface dries, both paint and plaster become integrated as one. The result is a firm, permanent surface that resembles colored stone.

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.