Byzantine Painting: Fresco or (Persistently)/Obstinately Secco?
ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΜΕΛΕΤΗΣ ΒΥΖΑΝΤΙΝΗΣ ΖΩΓΡΑΦΙΚΗΣ-ΑΓΙΟΓΡΑΦΙΑΣ
Published at : 24 Dec 2020
Our research team, with Sergios Sergiadis as the leader, attempted to rectify the misinterpretation that Byzantine paintings are secco (on dry wall). We have ascertained that Byzantine works of art, beginning from the catacombs and up to those dated to the 18thcentury (Holy Monastery of the Faneromeni, Salamina), are all executed on FRESHLY APPLIED/WETPLASTER, that is, fresco.
In addition Organic compounds (egg, casein etc.) presence in Byzantine wall paintings is not evidence that they are secco. These organic compounds are used as media/binders, in combination with lime, at fresco procedure.