Photographing abandoned buildings in Italy is always a pleasure. This country has a special place in my heart, and it is my favorite country to visit. In the past couple of years, I’ve regularly visited Italy to photograph the amazing architecture of abandoned buildings from North to South. During my visits, I also gathered a collection of photos of breathtaking abandoned paintings and drawings in or on the buildings. Some of these paintings even cover the whole room, including the ceiling.
Some of the paintings in these photos are described as frescoes. Fresco is a technique where freshly laid, or wet lime plaster, is painted. Water is used to ‘transport’ the dry-powder pigment to merge with the plaster, and while the plaster is setting it becomes an integral part of the wall. The result is stunning.
When looking at some of the paintings I discovered, you can see the high level of craftsmanship. They look amazing and very detailed, even in this state of decay of the building. In the next years that I’ll be visiting Italy, I’ll make sure to continue photographing paintings I find in abandoned buildings.