Sunday, March 20, 2022

Remnant of a Fresco, Montefalco, Italy

 In art history class, professors explain how a fresco is created. But to discover the remnants of one in an old Italian church is to really feel the hand of the artist. I looked at the thickness of the plaster edges and thought about how quickly he had to work, painting while the plaster was still wet. Before that, pigments must be ground and prepared, earth tones from Italy, precious blues from faraway lands. A mistake could not be painted over. Instead, that section must be scraped out, plaster and all. Fresco artists must be careful, quick and decisive. All over the world, there is art to be seen and experiences to...well, experience. Perhaps it's time to go out and discover them.