Definition of secco in English:


(also fresco secco)

Pronunciation /ˈsekō/ /ˈsɛkoʊ/


  • The technique of painting on dry plaster with pigments mixed in water.

    ‘American artist Steve Bogdanoff is known for his distinct interpretive fresco secco paintings.’
    • ‘Local artist Beatrice Winkler will open her new exhibition of fresco secco paintings tonight.’
    • ‘More recently, she completed the electrifying Euclid's Comet, a fresco secco in the Media Union of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.’


Mid 19th century from Italian, literally ‘dry’, from Latin siccus.