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The simplest way to understand fresco painting and its stunning impact on the mood or atmosphere of a building or surrounding is to visit one. You can still view and enjoy many Renaissance frescoes in their original locations in exactly the same way as they were viewed 500 years ago. It may even put you in the mood to see more recent examples.

At Frescoes Forever we re-introduce this luminous art form so that more people can appreciate its true beauty. We invite you to visit any one of the frescoes illustrated on this site and to enjoy discovering the achievements of the artists of the Renaissance movement that inspired us to continue their tradition. We hope you’ll take the opportunity to visit these frescoes in person once you’ve taken a look at them online.

Please click on the titles below for details of the fresco locations we have featured on this site and their visiting hours.

'Fall of the Titans'
(1526-34) by Giulio Romano, from the Sala dei Giganti, in Palazzo del Te, Mantua, Italy

'The Delphic Sybil'
(1509) by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican, Rome, Italy

'The Stoning of St Stephen'
(c1435) by Paolo Uccello in Prato cathedral, Prato, Italy

'The World Wall'
(2002) ‘The World Wall - A Vision of the Future Without Fear’ by Judy Baca is a series of eight portable mural panels, each measuring ten feet by thirty feet, assembled into a 100-foot diameter circle.

'The Healing of the Cripple'
(c1424-25) by Masolino in the Brancacci Chapel, Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence, Italy

'Miracle of the Spring'
(c1297-1300) by Giotto in the Upper Church, Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi, Italy

If you'd like to read more about fresco painting, we suggest the following reference books:

Italian Frescoes: The Early Renaissance, 1400-1470
by Dr Steffi Roettgen

Italian Frescoes: The Flowering of the Renaissance, 1470-1510
by Dr Steffi Roettgen

Italian Frescoes: High Renaissance and Mannerism, 1510-1600
by Julian Kliemann and Michael Rohlmann

The Painter’s Methods and Materials
by A P Laurie

Il Libro dell’Arte (The Craftsman’s Handbook)
by Cennino d’Andrea Cennini, (translated by Daniel V Thompson Jr.)

All Manner of Murals
edited by Robert Gowing and Robyn Pender

If you’re interested in trying out mural or fresco painting, take a look at these courses:

Fresco Painting Workshop Program
True Fresco, nationwide USA

Fresco Painting
Fleur Kelly, Somerset, England

Mural Painting
The Parsons School of Design, NYC, USA

If you’d like to learn about the preservation of wall paintings, here’s where to study in Europe:

Università Internazionale dell'Arte
Restoration and Preservation of Works of Art, Florence, Italy

Courtauld Institute of Art
MA in Painting Conservation (Wall Painting), London, UK

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