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Wendi Bao

Professor Morrison
FYOS 1001
24 November 2013
Response Essay
The artistic technique I most appreciated learning about and using this semester
was fresco painting, as I had heard the term ‘fresco’ before and had associated it with
some sort of outdoor painting, but had never really grasped the intricacies of the medium
until learning about how the same technique was used centuries ago. Learning about the
chemistry behind the creation of the lime putty and the reasons for including each
ingredient in the plaster was very interesting. The process of laying the arriccio and
intonaco layers was enjoyable as well – I liked working with the lime and the sand
because I found it to be quite relaxing. I think that fresco painting was certainly the most
accessible art form of the three we learned, partly because of the plaster’s forgiving
nature in terms of correcting mistakes with the pigment, and also due to the ability to
blend colors together directly on the intonaco layer. The fresco was also my first
experience working with solid pigment, and I found this technique to be quite unique, and
was very happy with the highly saturated colors that the pigment produced on the plaster.
I also found that the wet layer of plaster moved slightly when pressure was applied with a
brush, which allowed for a somewhat texturized, three dimensional effect that I found
very pleasing. Given the opportunity, I would definitely like to experiment more with

even today. Furthermore. and his consideration of the longevity of his work reflects the fact that his work is still culturally relevant. His skill with shadows and shapes. because fresco is so closely associated with the Italian Renaissance. One such piece. . as it is extremely durable compared to other art forms. Michelangelo’s work clearly reflects the Italian Catholic ideals of the time. such as sketching his outline directly into the intonaco layer. Michelangelo probably took into account the fact that the Sistine Chapel was likely to be a long-standing landmark when he chose fresco as his medium. Michelangelo himself – utilized almost exactly the same technique to create some of the most well known pieces today. Another aspect of creating the fresco that I found interesting was that artists from the Renaissance – most notably. I think that fresco was a very good choice for the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.blending colors on the plaster and the different consistencies produced by different ratios of water to pigment. the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. took four years to complete and so required quite a bit of creativity on Michelangelo’s part in changing the way he used the plaster and creating new techniques in order to facilitate his creation. as opposed to perhaps egg tempera or some other painting method. as well as his talent for incorporating textures and sweeping strokes into the plaster itself was integral in creating the pieces that have stood through centuries of wear and years of restoration and are still greatly admired today. though his both his use of color and iconography and his painting techniques were fairly innovative compared to the norm.