Method of Construction

Constructed by: Elizabeth Abram

This fresco is in the Roman style circa 45-70 CE, similar to the frescoes that decorated the walls of the wealthy villas of Pompeii and Herculeneum. It has a fern garland around the perimeter, which encircles a bridge and a road. I used plaster of paris, which is made of calcium sulfate and reacts similarly to the slaked lime of the originals. I also used watercolors, which bonded to the plaster because of their water base, as opposed to oils, which would have floated on the surface of the plaster. I did several test frescoes to determine the proper mixtures of plaster and how many coats would provide the optimum painting.

Sources, Resources and Links

Ling, Roger. Roman Painting. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1991.

Rozenberg, Silvia. Enchanted Landscapes: Wall Paintings from the Roman Era. Israel: R. Sirkis Publishers, Ltd. and Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, 1993.

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