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The sgraffito style (literally translated from Italian as "harrowed") is applied to the monumental art. Two or more layers of miscellaneous color plasters are imposed on a wall. For example: lower - brown, then - green and upper - usually white. When the plaster dries up, artist starts to harrow it by metallic scratchers. Then the silhouette of brown and green images appears under a white background.

The life of sgraffito depends on quality of plaster.

Because of absence of halftones and transitions of colors, sgraffito is often used for ornamental compositions. Artists also use the term "sgraffito" to describe the similar style in stoneware (harrowing figures on a layer, covering the object).

Examples of sgraffito

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