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fresco

[fres-koh] /ˈfrɛs koʊ/
noun, plural frescoes, frescos.
1.
Also called buon fresco, true fresco. the art or technique of painting on a moist, plaster surface with colors ground up in water or a limewater mixture.
Compare fresco secco.
2.
a picture or design so painted.
verb (used with object), frescoed, frescoing.
3.
to paint in fresco.
Origin of fresco
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Italian: cool, fresh (< Gmc)
Related forms
frescoer, frescoist, noun
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  • That night there was a tree in the drawing-room that reached to the frescoed ceiling.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • As far up as the clerestory every wall was frescoed, and every timber of the roof was gilded.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Roma was lying on a bed-chair in the frescoed room which had once been the Pope's salon.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • This last was frescoed in dull red with the white horse-head at intervals.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • The ceiling was frescoed, and works of art were everywhere to be seen.

    The Wizard of the Sea

    Roy Rockwood
  • She was not left long alone with the frescoed figures and the newly-lit tapers.

    Romola George Eliot
  • Signorelli's pictures, when not frescoed, are invariably painted with oil.

    Luca Signorelli

    Maud Cruttwell
  • Several Lombard churches also retain signs of having been frescoed.

    The Cathedral Builders Leader Scott
  • In a niche in the cloister is a frescoed Assumption by Fungai.

British Dictionary definitions for frescoed

fresco

/ˈfrɛskəʊ/
noun (pl) -coes, -cos
1.
a very durable method of wall-painting using watercolours on wet plaster or, less properly, dry plaster (fresco secco), with a less durable result
2.
a painting done in this way
Word Origin
C16: from Italian: fresh plaster, coolness, from fresco (adj) fresh, cool, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for frescoed

fresco

n.

1590s, in fresco, literally "in fresh," with a sense of "painted on fresh mortar or plaster," from Italian fresco "cool, fresh," from Proto-Germanic *friskaz (see fresh (adj.1)).

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frescoed in Culture

fresco definition


A painting on wet plaster. When the plaster dries, the painting is bonded to the wall. Fresco was a popular method for painting large murals during the Renaissance. The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, is a fresco, as are the paintings by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

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