What is a mural?
A mural is a painting made on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent masonry surface. The term also indicates the genre of painting, and has become famous for the Mexican art movement known as “muralism”.
Wall painting can be done with various techniques, such as fresco, made by painting with pigments dissolved in water on fresh plaster. The subjects of the murals can often be allegorical representations inspired by political ideals and motifs.
Born from protest movements as free creative expressions of the population against power, over time they have increasingly assumed aesthetic value, sometimes also retaining a social value.
Where are the best murals?
In Northern Italy, the most famous place for murals is Dozza, a medieval village located on the hills of Imola, in Romagna. Here the murals are painted on the walls of the houses during the “Biennale Muro Dipinto”, which began in 1965 and still exists today. Since 1980 also in Cibiana di Cadore, in the Belluno Dolomites, lots of houses have walls covered with murals representing local historical traditions.
In Abruzzo, in Aielli and in Tufo di Carsoli, several murals were made on the walls of public and private buildings in the Marsican villages. In Southern Italy, in Satriano di Lucania there is an exhibition of murals scattered around the streets of the center, works of important artistic and cultural value that make it one of the most influential villages in this sector.
In Puglia, in San Marzano, there are the famous Murales Story, about 50 huge works that depict ancient crafts. In Sardinia, Orgosolo boasts the title of the most artistic town, with its characteristic murals that annually attract thousands of tourists.