Definition of fresco in English:

fresco

noun

  • 1A painting done rapidly in watercolour on wet plaster on a wall or ceiling, so that the colours penetrate the plaster and become fixed as it dries.

    • ‘They evoke more than anything the monumental gravity of Masaccio's frescoes, which are themselves notably sculptural in their forms.’
    • ‘The other, surviving, frescoes depict interlocking themes.’
    • ‘He then used the family fortune to reconstruct much of the two-storey royal palace and the frescoes on its walls.’
    • ‘Aside from his many frescoes and easel pictures, Piola produced a great number of drawings that he sold to collectors.’
    • ‘The peeling frescoes that ornament the living room of a manor house are all that remain to suggest its colonial grandeur.’
    • ‘All were decorated with stained glass, frescoes, rich tapestries and paintings by the foremost artists in France.’
    • ‘Besides shedding rain, these hoods also protect small ink frescoes on the plaster surface above the window.’
    • ‘Tigers, lions and elephants are regarded as auspicious animals and appear on paintings and frescoes.’
    • ‘There were eroded frescoes on the walls, and gleams of marble from corners where the weather had not penetrated.’
    • ‘Everything that is removable, including frescoes, will eventually go on display in a local museum.’
    • ‘Rare paintings, frescoes and stone carvings present a marvellous panorama to the visitor.’
    • ‘Slovenia has an unusual variety of art ranging from Gothic frescoes to contemporary sculpture.’
    • ‘The art can still be seen in frescoes and ceilings of old palaces and temples all over the State.’
    • ‘Seemingly every room inside has faux Corinthian columns and ceiling frescoes.’
    • ‘Another few decades would pass before Filippino Lippi finished the bottom tier of frescoes left incomplete by Masaccio and Masolino.’
    • ‘This contains a veritable outpouring of medieval art; frescoes cover most of the interior walls and porch.’
    • ‘In fact, many of the materials that are relevant to the present discussion have already been assembled around the frescoes.’
    • ‘The ‘wallpaper’ was frescoes by Paolo Veronese, acclaimed 16th century artist.’
    • ‘Most of the frescoes on the ceiling are gone, but there are ornate chandeliers.’
    • ‘Large chiseled columns support massive roofs and walls lined with carved frescoes.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun] The method of painting frescoes, used in Roman times and by the great masters of the Italian Renaissance including Giotto, Raphael, and Michelangelo.
      • ‘Southall, who experimented with true fresco and tempera, worked in Birmingham itself.’
      • ‘Thus, the art of fresco is necessarily piecemeal.’
      • ‘But in 1843 Parliament did agree to adorn its new home, the rebuilt Palace of Westminster, with historical subjects in fresco.’
      • ‘In the fine arts, the cartoon is a full-sized preliminary drawing for a work to be executed afterward in fresco, oil, mosaic, stained glass, or tapestry.’
      • ‘The Adams Davidson Galleries in Washington, D. C., is compiling a checklist of Cox's works in oils, tempera, fresco, and drawings for mosaics and stained-glass windows.’
      • ‘‘Life has its own rhythm, and so does fresco,’ he says.’
      • ‘And this dining room is the most elegantly pretty in London, a marvellous fondant of gilding, marble and airhead fresco.’
      • ‘As King notes: ‘The technique of fresco was as simple in conception as it was difficult in execution’, requiring the painter to work quickly on wet plaster before it dried.’
      • ‘Presumably, stucco decoration was more resistant to steam than fresco.’

Origin

Late 16th century: Italian, literally cool, fresh. The word was first recorded in English in the phrase in fresco, representing Italian affresco, al fresco on the fresh (plaster).

Pronunciation

fresco

/ˈfrɛskəʊ/