Cobblequés: Al Fresco
I’m sure you’ve heard, and used on occasion, the popular Italian expression al fresco. Sometimes it’s written with a hyphen, al-fresco, or you may see it joined together, alfresco. Regardless, al fresco literally means “in the fresh.”
A mural painted over fresh, but still damp, plaster on a wall or a ceiling is called an affresco. Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper and Michelangelo’s handiwork in the Sistine Chapel were painted a fresco.
When you throw on a sweater, zip up that light jacket or roll down the sleeves on your shirt/blouse when there’s a chill in the air, you’re just being smart because it’s fa fresco out there. The late James Dean, with hand in pocket, collar up and a Lucky Strike dangling from his lips, was just being fresco, too — you know, being cool. Speaking of cool, al fresco is also Italian slang for someone who is marking time in the cooler/slammer/prison.
Remember drive-in theatres, and perhaps hiding in the trunk of the car to get a “discount”? Well, during summertime, some city parks put up a big screen and project a movie to help residents temporarily forget the heat and humidity, but not the mosquitoes. If you’re in attendance, you’re experiencing cinema al fresco.
Ciao for now.
©The Palladian Traveler