Our Italian Frescoes are not like wallpapers or low quality painted imitations, but are actually a thin layer of stucco applied by hand on a non-woven or woven backing, with the look and feel of a real fresco but for a fragment of it's cost. Our frescoes are portable, easy-to-apply and of the highest quality, well suited for prestigious building projects (offices, restaurants, etc.) and private homes.
We have a fresco for every taste, you can find ancient frescoes and paintings, depictions of scenery, cityscapes, oriental art, Art Nouveau, illusionistic ceiling and wall paintings and even nautical charts. See our catalogues for the full selection.
Our frescoes are reviewed carefully to meet the requirements of every customer and to ensure that the colours of our frescoes are vivid and the details are clear even from up-close. The astounding quality with the texture and feel will amaze your friends, colleauges, customers or business partners! Call us now to order your sample or Fresco!
History of Frescoes
Fresco, also known as buon-fresco (plural frescos or frescoes) is a technique of mural painting executed upon freshly laid lime plaster. Water is used as the vehicle for the pigment and with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall. The word fresco (Italian: affresco) is derived from the Italian adjective fresco meaning "fresh". Fresco may thus be contrasted with secco mural painting techniques, on plasters of lime, earth, or gypsum, or applied to supplement painting in fresco. The fresco technique has been employed since antiquity and is closely associated with Italian Renaissance painting. The advantage of the fresco is its durability.
The earliest known examples frescoes done in the Buon Fresco method date at around 1500 BC and are to be found on the island of Crete in Greece, but beside these, the most common form of fresco was Egyptian wall paintings in tombs, usually using the à secco technique. Late Roman Empire (Christian) 1st-2nd century frescoes were found in catacombs beneath Rome and Byzantine Icons were also found in Cyprus, Crete, Ephesus, Cappadocia and Antioch and Thanks to large number of ancient rock-cut cave temples there have been preserved valuable ancient and early medieval frescoes in more than 20 locations of India.
The late Medieval period and the Renaissance saw the most prominent use of fresco, particularly in Italy, where most churches and many government buildings still feature fresco decoration. One of the rare examples of Islamic fresco painting can be seen in Qasr Amra, the desert palace of the Umayyads in the 8th century Magotez.
José Clemente Orozco, Fernando Leal, David Siqueiros and Diego Rivera the famous Mexican artists renewed the art of fresco painting in the 20th century, but there are many more contemporary artist, such as Mark Balma, Ben Long, ILia Anossov, Liana Sofia Tumino, Lucienne Bloch, Stephen Pope Demitroff, Don Jusko, Tessa Lindsay, David Mayernik, Pietro Anagonni and Frederico Vigil.
How to apply
Our frescoes are easy to apply, the only thing you need is wallpaper adhesive and a steady hand. You can Venetian plaster around them to increase the effect or if you use frescoes with a net, you can embed them. The latter can even be applied exterior.
Spread out the adhesive using a 3mm toothed trowel. Try not to leave any lumps.
Unroll the fresco, use a spirit level to make sure that it's levelled.
Press down on the surface of the fresco so that the backing adheres properly to the wall, thereby eliminating any air bubbles.
It is possible to Venetian plaster around the edges so that they are linear and straight or uneven. In this case we will plaster in a straight line.
After 15 minutes the height difference can be smoothed.
After smoothing, you can use a varnish or the preferred type of decorative finish.
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