grisaille

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French grisaille.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

grisaille (countable and uncountable, plural grisailles)

  1. (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.
    • 1982, Meredith P. Lillich, Studies in Cistercian art and architecture, page 134:
      Very pertinent relationships between these grisailles of the vegetal type and Islamic transennas have been established by Eva Frodl-Kraft, between that of Obazine with palmettes enchâssées, and a transenna from the Umayyad castle of Qasr-el Heir al Gharbi (about 727-750), today reconstructed at the National Museum in Damascus, and with a plaque, probably of Syrian origin, reused over a tomb in San Marco in Venice.
  2. A stained-glass window in this style.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

gris +‎ -aille

Noun[edit]

grisaille f (plural grisailles)

  1. grisaille
  2. gloom (gloomy weather)
Descendants[edit]
  • English: grisaille
  • Italian: grisaglia
  • Portuguese: grisalho
  • Spanish: grisalla

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

grisaille

  1. inflection of grisailler:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from French grisaille.

Noun[edit]

grisaille f (invariable)

  1. Alternative form of grisaglia

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