Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom
From the halls of ancient Egypt to the streets of modern Mexico, frescos play a major role in storytelling and cultural preservation in ancient societies the world over.
Frescos are one of the oldest-known forms of art in which water-based paints are applied to dry or semi-dry walls. However, the technique allows for decorative painting on other surfaces too.
There are two common types of fresco painting, buon fresco, an Italian term meaning ‘true fresh’ and fresco-secco, known as ‘dry’ fresco that is prepared using binders.