artistic licence

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artistic licence (uncountable)

  1. Any departure from convention or from factual accuracy taken by an artist to achieve a desired effect.
    The script takes a little artistic licence with the facts.
    • 2017, Allison Sherman, Artistic Practices and Cultural Transfer in Early Modern Italy: Essays in Honour of Deborah Howard, Routledge (→ISBN)
      Serlio criticises the artistic licence taken by both ancient and contemporary architects, here specifically related to the confusion created by the rich decoration of the arch–in his illustrations, he stripped the monument of most of its beautifully []

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