Fine Arts Gallery
On the shores of Garda Lake, there's an artistic laboratory where a group of artists – chosen from the best Art Schools – paint using the ancient fresco technique.
Supplies that are necessary to obtain the special fresco effect include: natural dyes, vegetable or animal glues, linen cloths as well as many years of hands on experience.
Last but not least: natural sunlight, no heaters or chemicals are used to make the frescoes dry.
Frescoes that are produced in this manner are unique pieces of art, that enlighten your home with the magic atmosphere and eternal beauty of the ancient masters of art. It is a pictorial technique by which a painting is performed on a moist surface.
This process enables the use of lime mixed with river sand that, through its slow drying, forms a layer of hard and crystallised material.
Colours remain tenaciously fixed for an unlimited period of time, and gain exceptional resistance to weather action. Dyes used for frescoes are composed of mineral pigments. The performance of this painting technique requires great rapidity and pictorial skills.
By this technique, frescoes are torn off the wall when the absorption of carbon dioxide and formation of carbonates have taken place.
This chemical process allows colours to penetrate into the moist plaster, drying slowly and properly, then becoming one and the same with the wall, to remain during the centuries. The fresco removal process consists of laying a canvas on the painted wall and fixing it with a coat of animal glue. Once the canvas dries, it will smoothly come off the wall with the superficial layers of the painting on it in form of a negative.
Then the canvas is covered with water-proof glue, and a stronger canvas is layed on it, which in turns forms the final base. Once the glue is dry, the detachment of the two canvasses will be carried out by using hot water, which will dissolve the glue and fix the painting steadily on the second canvas.
By this procedure the reproduction is obtained and the last canvas can be put on any sort of surface (a wooden frame or a wall). The aesthetical effect of a fresco will be greatly decorative and original..