What is Venetian Plaster

History of Venetian Plaster

Lime plasters were used for thousands of years across all continents. Early Egyptians used lime plaster to decorate the tomb walls while the Romans used lime stucco and sand to build walls. During the Renaissance period, more decorative application came with using marble dust.

In Middle Ages 13th century, plaster decoration was widely used in Europe. This spread to parts of England during 14th century, decorative lime plaster were used to decorate buildings’ exterior timber frames. In the mid 15th century, Venetian plaster were applied direct on masonry. By the 17th century many types of interior plasters flourished, the most notable is the highly polished Stucco Veneziano found in the palaces and Villas of 16th and 17th century Most Serene Republic of Venice.

Hence various type of Venetian plasters were created for various textures, we now refer to names like Stucco, Marmorino, Traventino, Intonachino etc.

Definition of Venetian Plaster

Scientific name is Calcium Carbonate CaCO3, represents the same definition as Limestone. The plaster comes in putty form and the same exact material has been used to coat walls and ceilings of homes and buildings for centuries, especially during the Renaissance period in Venice.

Aesthetics

Venetian plaster celebrates timeless beauty and elegance.
You need skillful hand application; a layer at a time to produce subtle texture and lustrous finish.

Modern Application

With technological manufacturing advancement, these ancient materials are now finding ways back in modern building architecture as time has proven that these are the best surface finish.

Look around historical buildings across the region, you will find that those surfaces that withstand the decades and centuries are all plastered with lime-based Venetian plasters.

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