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.

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