What Were Murals Traditionally Painted On?

Murals: from Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel to middle school students and athletic courts, they make an appearance in a lot of different places. But how have murals traditionally been painted? Though now you’ll see them on anywhere from brick walls to concrete pavement, they were originally created on smooth, prepared surfaces, like a fresco, which is just a wet plaster to which paints are added. In this process, when the paints dry, they seal into the plaster, making them more durable over time and less prone to flaking and peeling.

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What is the History of Mural Painting?

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