a style of painting, esp. on glass, in monochrome, usually using only gray tints and giving the effect of sculpture in relief
Origin of grisailleFrench ; from gris, gray ; from Frankish an unverified form gris, akin to Dutch grijs, gray ; from Indo-European an unverified form ?hr?i- ; from base an unverified form ?her-, to shine, gleam from source gray
- A style of monochromatic painting in shades of gray, used especially for the representation of relief sculpture.
- A painting or design in this style.
- a. Vitrifiable glass paint.b. A lacy pattern painted on light glass with vitrifiable paint and fired.
Origin of grisailleFrench, from gris, gray, from Old French, from Frankish *gr&imacron;s.
detail of the c. 1375 silk Parament of Narbonne, depicting Queen Joan of Bourbon (1338–1378) praying
- (art) In painting, a method of working which employs only varying values of gray to create form. Often a preliminary step in a fully colored painting.