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  • I love Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco in the Sistine Chapel.
  • It took a moment before I realized that it was a leafy replica of Michelangelo’s fresco of Adam from the Sistine Chapel.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Short verses to the painted women in the frescoes which spoke of love in all its confusions and brokenness.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Ironically, chubby cherubs look down at us from the frescoed ceiling.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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  • I had my own lake, three hundred rooms, frescoes of gold, mosaics done in pearls and diamonds—I could finally live like a human being!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Werner’s favorites are five faded frescoes on the ceilings of the grandest upper rooms, where bees as big as children float against blue backdrops, big lazy drones and workers with diaphanous wings—where, above a hexagonal bathtub, a single nine-foot-long queen, with multiple eyes and a golden-furred abdomen, curls across the ceiling.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Underneath them, like a subterranean platform, holding them up, is a row of iconic-looking symbols painted in the flat style of Egyptian tomb frescoes, each one enclosed in a white sphere: a red rose, an orange maple leaf, a shell.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • In groups of twenty or thirty, tourists swarmed through the ruins, milling around the villas, wandering the cobblestone paths, gawking at the colorful frescoes and mosaics.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Even Proust — there’s a famous passage where Odette opens the door with a cold, she’s sulky, her hair is loose and undone, her skin is patchy, and Swann, who has never cared about her until that moment, falls in love with her because she looks like a Botticelli girl from a slightly damaged fresco.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The monks, Babi said, painted beautiful frescoes along the walls and roofs of their caves.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns

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  • Lifting the audio-guide headphones to point to a fresco, tapping my elbow to draw my attention to an interesting carving, stained glass, the intersecting ribs overhead.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • It is only in accordance with general principles of human nature that the "bloofer lady" should be the popular role at these al fresco performances.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The frescoed walls echoed with the voices of cardinals from nations around the globe.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Tomorrow, I’ll show you his fresco The Last Supper, which is one of the most astonishing tributes to the sacred feminine you will ever see.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • These forms are more agreeable to the fancy and imagination than fresco paintings or other the most expensive furniture.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • C#21 CHAPTER 21 The Apotheosis of Washington—a 4,664-square-foot fresco that covers the canopy of the Capitol Rotunda—was completed in 1865 by Constantino Brumidi.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The frescoes were not bad.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • Of course, it contained frescoes by Giotto, in the presence of whose tactile values she was capable of feeling what was proper.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Creation (detail; fresco, Italy, A.D.1508-1512).
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Picture the insides of those ancient churches— not the grey and gutted interiors to which we are accustomed —but insides blazing with colour, plastered with frescoes in which all the figures stood on tip-toe, fluttering with tapestry or with brocades from Bagdad.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • We became meticulous and terse, diminished the scope of our movements, buttered our bread in the manner of technicians restoring a fresco.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The fresco was enough to quiet the chaperone for a few seconds, and her heels didn’t fall off, which made her even more cheerful.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Then he turned his attention to embroideries, and to the tapestries that performed the office of frescoes in the chill rooms of the Northern nations of Europe.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • I could see a world of frescoes and murals surrounded us, their colors deep and vibrant above the dancing flame, and gradually the theme and content beside us came clear.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Our ancient mural frescoes show us the two Dukes of Bretagne and Bourbon, armed, emblazoned and crested in war-like guise, on horseback and approaching each other, their battle-axes in hand, masked with iron, gloved with iron, booted with iron, the one caparisoned in ermine, the other draped in azure: Bretagne with his lion between the two horns of his crown, Bourbon helmeted with a monster fleur de lys on his visor.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He stood uncertainly on the threshold of the dark corridor; through a window he could see that the sky was clear, though the mountains still blazed in lightning like a silver fresco.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • CHAPTER XVI The country-house in which Anna Sergyevna lived stood on an exposed hill at no great distance from a yellow stone church with a green roof, white columns, and a fresco over the principal entrance representing the ’Resurrection of Christ’ in the ’Italian’ style.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • It contains celebrated frescos designed or painted by Raphael, which most persons think it worth while to visit.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Under a bright mid-day sun, at almost Midsummer, Mr. Woodhouse was safely conveyed in his carriage, with one window down, to partake of this al-fresco party; and in one of the most comfortable rooms in the Abbey, especially prepared for him by a fire all the morning, he was happily placed, quite at his ease, ready to talk with pleasure of what had been achieved, and advise every body to come and sit down, and not to heat themselves.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • At Sikandra, Akbar’s tomb, they gaze at gilded frescoes in the entryway, chipped, ransacked, burned, the gems gouged out with penknives, graffiti etched into the stone.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Indeed I can show you her portrait in a fresco of Ghirlandaio’s.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • He smiled at me then—the sort of smile you see on the faces of saints in frescoes, and that makes you wish you knew their secret.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • I began with Slade’s place, had no luck, asked Slade to try to hang on to Dr. Stanton if he came in, and then moved through the other establishments of chromium, glass bricks, morros, colored lights, comfy Old English worm-eaten oak, sporting prints, comic frescoes, or three-piece orchestras.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • They would hear of his doings though, of how in the next summer after he removed to the country he invaded a protracted al fresco church revival being held in a nearby grove and turned it into a week of amateur horse racing while to a dwindling congregation gaunt, fanaticfaced country preachers thundered anathema from the rustic pulpit at his oblivious and unregenerate head.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • It was a new and enormous waiting-room, with marble pilasters, and frescoes depicting the exploration of the Chaloosa River Valley by Pere Emile Fauthoux in 1740.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • The old hospital wall with its grey-green weathering, its cracks and stains in which a thousand frescoes could be fancied, who responded to it, who looked into its soul, who loved it, who found the charm of its colors ever delicately dying away?
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Chapter 9 The old neglected palazzo, with its lofty carved ceilings and frescoes on the walls, with its floors of mosaic, with its heavy yellow stuff curtains on the windows, with its vases on pedestals, and its open fireplaces, its carved doors and gloomy reception rooms, hung with pictures—this palazzo did much, by its very appearance after they had moved into it, to confirm in Vronsky the agreeable illusion that he was not so much a Russian country gentleman, a retired army officer,…
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But in later years I understood that the arresting strangeness, the special beauty of these frescoes lay in the great part played in each of them by its symbols, while the fact that these were depicted, not as symbols (for the thought symbolised was nowhere expressed), but as real things, actually felt or materially handled, added something more precise and more literal to their meaning, something more concrete and more striking to the lesson they imparted.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Asha leads me down a corridor of faded frescoes and into a cave I remember.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Like certain ancient frescoes entombed for centuries suddenly exposed to the day.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • The walls had once been brightly painted, but most of the frescoes had peeled or faded.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • Indeed I can show you her portrait in a fresco of Ghirlandaio’s.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • With the passage of time, Alba filled not only one but all her bedroom walls with an immense fresco.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • In any case, the Rogation Sunday Islanders have never been known to cook anyone al fresco in any kind of utensil, as far as we know.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • The arched walls were adorned with charred frescoes and mosaics and windows set into the curving walls so that the tower commanded a view in every direction.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Madeline had looked as though she intended to say the same thing in longer words, but she considered the frescoes all over again and explained, "Well, it’s very large—" He was ordering, with agony.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • "No," said Max, gazing out the door and up at the frescoes high above.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • It was later, when I was able to travel farther, that the presence of holiness and mystery seemed, as far as my vision was able to see, to descend into the windows of Chartres, the stone peasant figures in the capitals of Autun, the tall sheets of gold on the walls of Torcello that reflected the light of the sea; in the frescoes of Piero, of Giotto; in the shell of a church wall in Ireland still standing on a floor of sheep-cropped grass with no ceiling other than the changing sky.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • There were no windows on the side opposite to the river, but arches below leading into chambers, one of which showed a glimpse of a garden beyond, and above them a long space of wall gaily painted (in fresco, I thought) with similar subjects to those of the frieze outside; everything about the place was handsome and generously solid as to material; and though it was not very large (somewhat smaller than Crosby Hall perhaps), one felt in it that exhilarating sense of space and freedom…
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • …should be immured in a kind of domestic fortress, a pile which bore a stern old Roman name, which smelt of historic deeds, of crime and craft and violence, which was mentioned in "Murray" and visited by tourists who looked, on a vague survey, disappointed and depressed, and which had frescoes by Caravaggio in the piano nobile and a row of mutilated statues and dusty urns in the wide, nobly-arched loggia overhanging the damp court where a fountain gushed out of a mossy niche.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
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