Grisaille meaning

grĭ-zī, -zāl
A style of monochromatic painting in shades of gray, used especially for the representation of relief sculpture.
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A painting or design in this style.
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A style of painting, esp. on glass, in monochrome, usually using only gray tints and giving the effect of sculpture in relief.
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(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.
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Origin of grisaille

  • French from gris gray from Old French from Frankish grīs

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French grisaille

    From Wiktionary