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6834 - Milano - San Vito in Pasquirolo - Fiammenghini - Stucchi e affreschi - Foto Giovanni Dall'Orto, 15-Feb-2008
Milan, Italy: inside view of the church of San Vito in Pasquirolo. Detail: stuccos by the Fiammenghini brothers

Stucco or render is a construction material made of aggregates, a binder, and water. Stucco is applied wet and hardens to a very dense solid. It is used as a decorative coating for walls and ceilings, and as a sculptural and artistic material in architecture. Stucco may be used to cover less visually appealing construction materials, such as metal, concrete, cinder block, or clay brick and adobe.

In English, "stucco" usually refers to a coating for the outside of a building and "plaster" to a coating for interiors; as described below, the material itself is often little different. However, other European languages, notably including Italian, do not have the same distinction; stucco means plaster in Italian and serves for both. This has led to English-speakers sometimes using "stucco" for interior decorative plasterwork in relief.

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