means fresh-painting, or rather paint applied to walls while
the plaster is fresh and damp. Only so much plaster must be spread as
the artist can finish painting before he retires for the day. There are
three chambers in the Pope's palace at Rome done in fresco by Raphael
Urbino and Julio Romano; at Fontainebleau there is a famous one,
containing the travels of Ulysses in sixty pieces, the work of several
artists, as Bollame'o, Martin Rouse, and others.
“A fading frescoe here demands a sigh.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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