• Fresco: The Industrial Arts of War
    Fresco: The Industrial Arts of War
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fresco paint onto wet plaster on a wall
    • n fresco a durable method of painting on a wall by using watercolors on wet plaster
    • n fresco a mural done with watercolors on wet plaster
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Fresco: The Industrial Arts of Peace Fresco: The Industrial Arts of Peace
Cupid: From a Fresco Cupid: From a Fresco
Dining al fresco Dining al fresco

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: High-wire acts have been enjoyed since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Antique medals have been excavated from Greek islands depicting men ascending inclined cords and walking across ropes stretched between cliffs. The Greeks called these high-wire performers neurobates or oribates. In the Roman city of Herculaneum there is a fresco representing an aerialist high on a rope, dancing and playing a flute. Sometimes Roman tightrope walkers stretched cables between the tops of two neighboring hills and performed comic dances and pantomimes while crossing.
    • Fresco A cool, refreshing state of the air; duskiness; coolness; shade.
    • Fresco (Fine Arts) A painting on plaster in either of senses and .
    • Fresco (Fine Arts) In modern parlance, incorrectly applied to painting on plaster in any manner.
    • Fresco (Fine Arts) The art of painting on freshly spread plaster, before it dries.
    • v. t Fresco To paint in fresco, as walls.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fresco Coolness; a cool, refreshing state of the air; shade. See al fresco.
    • n fresco A method of painting on walls covered with a ground or coat of plaster or mortar, with which the colors become permanently incorporated if properly chosen and applied; also, a picture or design so painted. True fresco (Italian buon fresco) is painting in colors mixed with water or hydrate of lime upon a wet surface of mortar made of lime and pure quartz-sand. In this method earth pigments are chiefly used, because all vegetable and many mineral pigments are decomposed by lime or altered by light. The solidity of the painting depends upon the penetration of the colors into the plaster or mortar, and upon the crystalline layer which forms upon its surface before the mortar has set, as it does in a few hours through the absorption of carbonic acid from the atmosphere. If this crystalline layer is disturbed, or if it has begun to form while the artist is painting, or if it forms between the thinner and thicker coats of color successively applied, the colors will flake and fall away. Dry fresco (Italian fresco secco) is a method of fresco-painting upon a dry surface. The last coat of plaster, or intonaco, when perfectly dry, is rubbed with pumice-stone, and well wetted with water and a little lime the evening before painting, and again immediately before the artist begins work. The first step in this process is to pounce the outline of the design upon the wall. The phrase fresco secco is applied also to retouching in distemper. The implements used by fresco-painters include wooden and glass floats, trowels of wood and iron, palette-knives of steel and bone, a trimming-knife, a bone or ivory stylus, and brushes of hog-bristles and other hair, of such quality as to be neither curled nor burned by lime. Compare distemper.
    • fresco To paint in fresco, as a wall.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fresco fres′kō a painting executed with colours, consisting chiefly of natural earths, upon walls covered with damp freshly-laid plaster
    • v.t Fresco to paint in fresco:—pr.p. fres′cōing; pa.p. fres′cōed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., fr. fresco, fresh; of German origin. See Fresh (a.)


In literature:

But he didn't seem to mind at all, and was very kind in telling about frescoes and things, although he calls himself ignorant.
"My Friend the Chauffeur" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
In this recess traces of fresco may be seen.
"Bell's Cathedrals: Wimborne Minster and Christchurch Priory" by Thomas Perkins
The whole of this district abounds in frescoes, many being on the external walls of private dwellings.
"Russia" by Various
It is as sweet and lucent and gracious as a fresco of Raphael's.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
It was one of the most magnificent billiard halls in Chicago, all elegantly gilded and frescoed.
"Moody's Anecdotes And Illustrations" by Dwight L. Moody
In the peculiar colouring used in fresco painting Ghirlandajo excelled.
"The Old Masters and Their Pictures" by Sarah Tytler
The second madonna is a fresco in the open piazza as one approaches the church and convent.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
And again, the winged Charity which is attendant on Good Government has, in this fresco, a peculiar office.
"A Joy For Ever" by John Ruskin
She advanced along the frescoed gallery where the crowd was thinnest, her long white train rippling like a wave over the floor behind her.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
Fresco must fade sooner or later, and where there is any tendency to damp, it fades with cruel rapidity.
"Theodoric the Goth" by Thomas Hodgkin
The interior of the cathedral is decorated with fine frescoes by modern artists.
"Denmark" by M. Pearson Thomson
The ceiling was frescoed, and works of art were everywhere to be seen.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
Over the site of the latter may still be seen remains of fresco painting.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham" by J. E. Bygate
Begins Lincoln's Inn Hall fresco: finished 1859.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
Four rows of columns, half plain, half fluted, supported the shed roof that protected the frescoes.
"The Lion's Brood" by Duffield Osborne
In 1660 he was at Naples, where he executed a large fresco work, 'Christ healing the Sick,' for the Jesuit College.
"Art in England" by Dutton Cook
The harsh, granite Puritan of our sermons, on statues and frescoes, was unknown in real life.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
All the great frescos of Cimabue, and most of his easel pictures, have perished.
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art, (Vol. 2 of 3)" by Shearjashub Spooner
Maria delle Grazie, the frescoes and altar-pieces of the Brera and the Ambrosiana.
"Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, 1475-1497" by Julia Mary Cartwright
The frescoes are greatly damaged.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville

In poetry:

A sombre shadow seems to fall
On comely altar, transept fair;
The saints are still on frescoed wall,
But who comes thither now for prayer?
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Yet Art brings peace, itself is Peace,
And, as I on these frescoes gaze,
I feel all fretful tumults cease
And harvest calm of mellower days.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Look forth once more through space and time,
And let thy sweet shade fall
In tenderest grace of soul and form
On memory's frescoed wall,
A shadow, and yet all!
"A Sea Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Silent the crumbling bridge we cross,
And pity and praise the chapel sweet,
And care about the fresco's loss,
And wish for our souls a like retreat,
And wonder at the moss.
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
And nature smiles opposite, Stanfield he copies it;
O'er Claude or Poussang sure 'tis he that may crow:
But Sir Ross's best faiture is small mini-ature—
He shouldn't paint frescoes in famed Pimlico.
"The Pimlico Pavilion" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The shadows deepened, and I turned
Half sadly from the fresco grand;
'And is this,' mused I, 'all ye earned,
High-vaulted brain and cunning hand,
That ye to greater men could teach
The skill yourselves could never reach?'
"Masaccio" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Be sure to invite your colleagues, family and friends to join you for dinner or one of Fresco's famous desserts.
Spanish fresco ruined by good intentions.
Fresco Grill & Martini Bar – What's the Deal with Jackie.
Dining Al Fresco in a Memorable WNY Summer: Festival Fun & Patio Dining.
Dining al fresco at the new Channelside in Clayton.
Kabob Recipes from Kayem Foods (Al Fresco ).
Guide to Washington, DC: Dining Out Al Fresco .
The best patios, decks and lawns for al fresco dining in Central Oregon.
Dining al fresco Five Palo Alto kitchens inspire a range of ideas, from adding space to incorporating outdoors.
And Fresco 's Italian Cafe will be serving Mother's Day brunch (from 10 am until 3 p.m.) and dinner (3 pm until 9 p.m.), too.
Call 801-486-1300 or go to Fresco is at 1513 S 1500 East, Salt Lake City.
Al Fresco All Year Long.
It's all about the bread at Bon Fresco , an excellent sandwich spot in Columbia.
Here are some of the SoJO crew's favorite al fresco options.
Fresco Trattoria 1410 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach 305-535-3500.

In science:

The fresco technique asked for highly fast and precise execution of the drawing process.
Optimization in Differentiable Manifolds in Order to Determine the Method of Construction of Prehistoric Wall-Paintings
Application of this methodology manifests that in the fresco technique which was widely spread in the Aegean civilizations before 1000 B.C., geometric guides were employed corresponding to linear (Archimedes) spirals and hyperbolae.
Optimization in Differentiable Manifolds in Order to Determine the Method of Construction of Prehistoric Wall-Paintings
The meeting was organized by Tel Aviv University and was somewhat unusual and innovative in style in that discussions took place “al fresco”, at a white board in a small garden, and there were no formal presentations.
The dipole picture of small x physics (a summary of the Amirim meeting)
Nevertheless the overall shell morphology can be seen already in the IRAS images (Fig. 2 top, HiRes fresco first iteration; see also Braun & Strom 1986).
Spitzer Observations of Supernova Remnant IC 443