alla prima

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian alla prima (at first).

Adjective[edit]

alla prima (not comparable)

  1. (painting) Without any preparatory layer of colour; with no underpainting. [from 19th c.]
    • 2020, Inken Maria Holubec, ‘Angelica Kauffman and the Neoclassical Picture’, in Bettina Baumgärtel (ed.), Angelica Kauffman, Hirmer 2020, p. 33:
      The application of paint in both compositions shows the use of a layering technique in the flesh tones and garments and the alla prima technique in the background.

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