History of Faux Marble Painting

History: Marbling

Faux Marbling: a wall painting technique that imitates the color patterns of real marble.

Wall Decoration using Faux Marble Finishes

The earliest techniques of marbling date back to the twelfth century when Japanese artists used ink floating in water to create marbling on paper. Also, Turkish artists of the fifteenth century used thickened water and combs to create flowing designs. As marbling spread to Europe, it became a technique used to decorate walls. During the Renaissance, two schools of faux marbling were developed; the faux painting in these schools was quite different from the paper marbling used in the East. The Italian school was loose and artistic, while the French school was formal and realistic. These schools were a motivating factor in the spread and refinement of faux marbling.

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The techniques that developed out of the Renaissance schools were passed down from master to apprentice and were eventually brought over the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. Today, marbling is widely used by decorative painters both as an economical way to imitate any type of marble or natural stone, and in situations where the cost of weight of marble would be impossible.

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79 CE City of Pompeii is buried by an eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius, preserving the city under many feet of ash
1400s CE The Renaissance marks a revival in classical antiquity and art methods

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