Umbra’s Fresco Painting class has ventured outside of their studio! For a few weeks now, Perugia’s inhabitants have been admiring a new fresco painting on one of Borgo Bello’s walls in Via Fiorenzuola.
This fresco project began at the request of a neighborhood organization called “quartiere Borgo Bello” and Umbra’s Urban Spaces professor Ray Lorenzo. The fresco adds to the atmosphere of the Urban Spaces students’ OrtoBello – the first urban garden of Perugia.
Fresco professor and artist William Pettit and five students from the course volunteered their artistic labors for three days to bring a fresco to light which they hope will endure for two thousand more years. They used slaked lime, marble dust, and river sand, and the finished painting depicts the keys of Saint Peter, the neighborhood’s symbol. The Latin text inscribed above the fresco can be translated as: “Communities that plant together, stay together.”
Pictures: Molly Davis