Graffiti in Engadine
20 November 2020
In Engadine, (canton Grisons), houses are often decorated with geometric motifs, drawings, animals or sayings.
The technique was introduced by Italian artists in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries after the Bündner expansion in the Italian territories.
The artists wanted to earn money, and the fresco technique was well known in Italy.
It was a successful export product. The technology is universal and can also be found in Africa and other parts of Europe — for example, in Bohemia and on the island of Chios in the Aegean Sea.
The name graffiti means ils sgrafito in Romansh, the language in Grisons. It is a simple fresco technique based on white paint on the mortar. Motifs can be applied as long as the colour is wet. The colour difference between white and grey makes the motifs visible. Graffiti is a real art.
(Source: A. Overath, Gebrauchsanweisung für das Engadin, München, Berlin, 2017).