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Modern Umbrian Frescoes

Olivia Lott and Jon Ernest have been following in the footsteps of legendary pittori italiani as they create a fresco from the ground up – or, really, from the wall out – with Professor William Pettit. The pair began by learning the complex technique required to apply the various layers of sand, lime, and marble dust required to create a workable surface and have since spent nearly two weeks on their final project, which they estimate to be about halfway finished. They were inspired by several frescoes that they saw on a day trip to Rome with Professor Pettit and have since been recreating it piece by piece in the Umbra Institute fresco studio.

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