quis ut deus

Seton High School, Manassas VA

Artist: Ioana Belcea

Master Plasterer: Ian Hardwick

Medium: Buon Fresco

Dimensions: 15' x 20'

Date of completion: August 2016

This painting is situated on the back wall of Our Lady of Angels Chapel.  It honors Saint Michael the Archangel and bears the title Who is Like God.  He is represented in a traditional iconographic manner bearing the spear in one hand and the orb with the image of Christ Pantrocrator in the other.

The technique used in this fresco is unique.  In traditional fresco, at the end of each 'giornata', the plaster is cut along a predetermined line to be joined the following day to the wet plaster of a new giornata.  In this fresco, the artist chose to incorporate the cuts in the design of the composition, thus creating a t=hree dimensional effect.

The textural contrast between the smooth plaster of the fresco and the rough 'arricio' substrate, the dynamic line of the cuts, and the play of shadow around the edges add to the contextual richness of the image.

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Cut along the wing showing painted smooth intonaco plaster on the right and rough arricio plaster on the left