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(Italian, ‘dry’)

The technique of painting a mural on dried lime plaster. It is executed with colours ground in a binder (casein or tempera) and applied to set plaster. Although somewhat confusingly known as fresco (‘fresh’) secco, it is much less permanent than true fresco, in which the colours are absorbed into the wet plaster of the wall which then sets.

Subjects: Art.


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