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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



painting on dry plaster. Distemper and tempera painting on a dry surface is the most ancient painting technique. Medieval frescoes were often finished with tempera on a dry surface. In medieval Western European art both the secco technique and the fresco technique—painting on moist plaster with pigments mixed with lime-water—developed. Secco was especially popular in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. The term “secco” also designates painting on dry plaster with pigments mixed with casein and silicate.


Kiplik, D. I. Tekhnika zhivopisi. Moscow-Leningrad, 1950. Pages 470–72.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

fresco secco, secco

A mural, often fugitive, painted with water-based colors on dry plaster.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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For instance, for our first meal at Michelin star Il Cascinalenuovo, the welcome wine was an Asti Secco, a slightly dry Asti served with breadsticks (incidentally, the first breadsticks were invented in Piedmont by a baker whose son could not eat soft breads the elongated dough could bake all the way through, easier to eat, and it caught on).
The founder members are Joseph and Cristina De Giorgi of The Gusto Group, which owns restaurants including Paradiso, Popolo, Secco and Intermezzo; Pierre Lacroix of wine suppliers Pagendam Pratt; Peter and Doreen Forsyth of New Barns Farm Shop in Warkworth, and associate Imogen Cloet.
They run the range from Moscato D'Asti (sweet, with alcohol content of 5-6 percent) to Asti Dolce (less sweet, about 7.5 percent) to Asti Secco (dryer, about 12-15 percent alcohol).
Not all Astis are sweet: this Secco pairs nicely with fish, cheese and even chocolate.