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noun, plural fres·coes, fres·cos.
  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.
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verb (used with object), fres·coed, fres·co·ing.
  1. to paint in fresco.
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Origin of fresco

1590–1600; < Italian: cool, fresh (< Gmc)
Related formsfres·co·er, fres·co·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for true-fresco


noun plural -coes or -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
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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 true-fresco



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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true-fresco in Culture


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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