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Buon or true fresco is so called because pigment is fixed to the surface of the plaster purely by reabsorption of carbon dioxide from the air as the lime cures over the space of a day.

The traditional absence of a binder such as casein, egg, oil or acrylic makes for pure, transparent colour as pigment is built up in crystalline glazes.

Because of this extraordinary process, the ancient cycles have endured for hundreds, and in the case of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Knossos, thousands of years.

It remains a unique medium for the contemporary artist, and the journey that must be made to prepare each section only adds to its fascination.