The History of Fresco Painting
At Regaliana, Fresco Art is one of our three main specialisms (the other two being mirrors and mirrored wall art and hand crafted caricatures), and in this section, we look at the history of Fresco painting before taking a look at some of the famous Frescos around the world.
Click here to read about the types of Fresco painting.
Fresco painting was practised as early as 2000 BC by the Minoans in Crete. Famous Cretan fresco paintings using the buon fresco technique include “The Toreador”. Early frescoes were also painted in Morocco and Egypt, with the Egyptians preferring the secco method for their tomb murals.
Fresco paintings were also common in Greek and Roman art, with the buon fresco style being more popular. In addition, early Christian art, especially in the Roman catacombs, also featured fresco murals. Fresco painting was popular with artists throughout the ancient Mediterranean and in Turkey. In addition, early examples of Buddhist fresco art have been discovered at the Ajanta caves and the Brihadisvara Temple in India.
Eastern Orthodox Christian art relied heavily on fresco paintings in its churches and cathedrals, to illustrate scenes from the Bible, but the Renaissance period in Italy was where fresco painting reached its peak. Except for Venice which was too damp, most cities in Italy used fresco images to decorate walls, especially those in their churches.
Famous Frescos around the World
The most famous Fresco paintings are from the Italian Renaissance period.
Some of the best examples include:
- The Proto-Renaissance cycle of fresco paintings in the Scrovegni (Arena) Chapel in Padua by Giotto.
- The Florentine Renaissance works by Masaccio and https://www.visual-arts-cork.com/old-masters/masaccio.htm (notably Brancacci Chapel frescoes and Holy Trinity).
- The Genesis and Last Judgement Sistine Chapel frescoes by Michelangelo in Rome.
- Raffaello Santi’s contribution in the Raphael Rooms at the Vatican.
Our On-line catalogues for Frescos
Our online catalogues for Fresco art and paintings (as well as mirrors, wall art and model caricatures) feature an extensive choice of “made-to-order” designs, in a range of sizes and prices. We also offer a bespoke service across all products, ranging from the slightest modification of an existing catalogue design, through to bringing individual Client ideas to life via fully customized design commissions of any scale.
Whether from the Private or the Commercial Sector our objective is to fulfil the exact requirements of our Clients, therefore, if you are unable to find exactly what you are looking for or require further information please contact us.