I am still working on the mold for the medusa sculpture, so here is a fresco I've done instead. When the ancient Stabiae exhibit came to Dallas, the frescos were so amazing I had to try to make one.
So, I started by cooking up some hydrated lime, then slaked it with water for several months. When the lime was ready, I made a stucco base layer and plastered an intonacco on top of that. Quickly painting with pigment powders in water, I did the multicolored background (with some intentional 'distressing'). Then, I painted the figure as in the ancient one with glue and watercolor.
All the pigments are authentic. To make it more real looking, maybe I should grind in some dirt with the sander? I want to finish a whole room with the fresco technique, stay tuned.
Penso che l'originale affresco è stato da Villa Carmiano in Stabiae. Ha bisogno di più fessure?
Vorrei visitare Stabiae...