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fresco

[fres-koh]
noun, plural frescoes, frescos.
1.
Also called buon fresco, true fresco. the art or technique of painting on a moist, plaster surface with colors ground up in water or a limewater mixture. Compare fresco secco.
2.
a picture or design so painted.
verb (used with object), frescoed, frescoing.
3.
to paint in fresco.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Italian: cool, fresh (< Gmc)

frescoer, frescoist, noun
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fresco (ˈfrɛskəʊ)
 
n , pl -coes, -cos
1.  a very durable method of wall-painting using watercolours on wet plaster or, less properly, dry plaster (fresco secco), with a less durable result
2.  a painting done in this way
 
[C16: from Italian: fresh plaster, coolness, from fresco (adj) fresh, cool, of Germanic origin]

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fresco
1598, in fresco, lit. "in fresh," with a sense of "painted on fresh mortar or plaster," from It. fresco "cool, fresh," from P.Gmc. *friskaz (see fresh).
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fresco definition


A painting on wet plaster. When the plaster dries, the painting is bonded to the wall. Fresco was a popular method for painting large murals during the Renaissance. The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, is a fresco, as are the paintings by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

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