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The Art of Fresco – The Art that put Sri Lanka on the Map

Art has always been an intricate part of history. Something about historical art touches one deep in the core. The sentimentality and the lifestyle from many centuries gone by is so beautifully portrayed in historical art. Art techniques from the yesteryears are very different from the modern day method. Much early on, frescoes were a popular method of painting. Frescos actually means mural paintings performed on freshly applied lime plaster. The color pigments are combined with water and are applied on this lime base. Fresco is actually an Italian word which means ‘fresh’.

Throughout the world you can find several different types of frescoes that were performed in different periods of history. But perhaps one of the most renowned and magnificent of them all is the frescoes you find in Sigiriya located in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is known as the land that houses the massive rock fortress that has been recognized as a world heritage site. Among the many wonders of the Sigiriya rocks it is the frescos that stand above them all. In almost every description of Sigiriya you will find pictures of these frescoes alongside. The Sigiriya frescos can be found in the western side of the rock. There are about 29 paintings available but according to some of the inscriptions found here there were at least 500 paintings at the time of King Kashyapa. Most of the paintings are of beautiful ladies who are adorned with flowers and jewellery. Who they are have been arguable. Some say they were queens, others say they were servants and some people say they were worshippers. There is a subtle beauty in the faces of the ladies painted. There is a calm in these paintings that makes the frescos you find in Sri Lanka some of the best in the world.

The Artistic hands of Sri Lanka have come down from generations. There are plenty of Sri Lankan Artists available in the country who excel in all types of modern and traditional artwork. In Sri Lanka arts are given highest regard and the work of Sri Lanka artists, be it modern or traditional, is very much appreciated.

Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry.

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