giornata di lavoro

(Italian: “day’s work”). This term refers to the amount of plaster that can by applied to a wall and painted in the fresco technique in one day.  By examining the surface of a fresco, it is possible to identify the giornate (pl.), and even the order in which they were painted.

masaccio Trinity giornati

Diagram of giornate in Masaccio’s Holy Trinity.  Santa Maria Novella, Florence. 1425-27.