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 grīs
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.