Fresco (plural either frescos or frescoes) is any of several related mural painting types, done on plaster on walls or ceilings. The word fresco comes from the Italian word affresco which derives from the Latin word for "fresh". The earliest known examples frescoes done in the Buon Fresco method date at around 1500 BC and are to be found on the island of Crete in Greece. While some similar frescoes have been found in other locations around the Mediterranean basin, particularly in Egypt and Morocco, their origins are subject to speculation. The most common form of fresco was Egyptian wall paintings in tombs. Frescoes were also painted in ancient Greece, but few of these works have survived. In southern Italy, at Paestum, which was a Greek colony of the Magna Graecia, a tomb containing frescoes dating back to 470 BC, in the so called Tomb of the Diver. These frescoes depict scenes of the life and society of ancient Greece, and constitute valuable historical testimonials. One shows a group of men reclining at a symposium while another shows a young man diving into the sea. In Macedonia, however, we find that frescos decorated houses, palaces, and tombs of the Macedonians.
Roman wall paintings, such as those at the magnificent Villa dei Misteri (1st century B.C.) in the ruins of Pompeii, and others at Herculaneum, were completed in buon fresco. Late Roman Empire (Christian) 1st-2nd century frescoes were found in catacombs beneath Rome and Byzantine Icons were also found in Cyprus, Crete, Ephesus, Cappadocia and Antioch. Roman frescoes were done by the artist painting the artwork on the still damp plaster of the wall, so that the painting is part of the wall, actually colored plaster. The late Medieval period and the Renaissance saw the most prominent use of fresco, particularly in Italy, where most churches and many government buildings still feature fresco decoration.
Here is one sample of a custom fresco we created for one of our customers in the USA. It was made on a cast stone panel and painted with aging technique to reproduce the old look. The original is from an Etruscan tomb from the 6th Century BC.
Original Etruscan fresco
Ancient Sculpture Gallery reproduction
We can custom paint any fresco for you – you can chose an ancient Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman or Renaissance fresco to be painted on your walls or ceilings. Or we can paint it on a panel and send it to you to be hanged on your wall. Let us know what size you would be interested in and will be happy to present you with a custom quote.
Custom Oil Paintings
We do accept custom orders for oil paintings. If you have a photograph, we can paint from it. We can paint your portrait, your family, your wedding, your pet, your house or car, your favorite landscape. We can use the face from your photograph and insert it in a famous museum painting. We can use different photos to create a single painting by combining and mixing elements from each, such as a background or subject/s. We can further add or remove subjects, change the background or colors of the clothes. If there is a painting that you like and you can’t find among our collection of Oil Paintings Reproductions, please send us a picture and we will paint it for you.
Our oil paintings are 100% real hand-painted paintings, on real thick canvas with real and finest quality oil paints. We do not use prints or computer generated manipulation when creating our paintings, each artwork is painted on a blank canvas from scratch. Our experienced artists paint in the same way the original paintings were created with visible textures and brush strokes.
Payment is required in order to start the custom painting. When your painting is complete we will email you a photo of for approval. You can then let us know if we can ship it or you can request a revision. We will complete it per your instructions. Here are our most popular sizes: size 1. 16" x 20" (40 x 50 cm) ; size 2. 20" x 24" (50 x 60 cm) ; size 3. 24" x 30" (60 x 75 cm) ; size 4. 24" x 36" (60 x 90 cm) ; size 5. 30" x 40" (75 x 100 cm) ; size 6. 36" x 48" (90 x 120 cm) ; size 7. 48" x 60" (120 x 150 cm) ; size 8. 48" x 72" (120 x 180 cm) ; size 9. 60" x 72" (150 x 180 cm).
You can certainly order any other size you like if your desired size is not listed above – just contact us and we will give you a custom quote. Please visit our Completed Paintings below to see side by side examples of our reproductions next to the originals.