16th Century Renaissance

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Basic Vocabulary

coffered

recessed decorative panels on the inside surface of a dome or ceiling

picture plane

the plane that is in the foreground of a drawing or painting

one-point perspective

A method of realistic drawing in which the part of an object closest to the viewer is a planar face, and all the lines describing sides perpendicular to that face can be extended back to converge at one point, the vanishing point

chiaroscuro

using dark and light to create the illusion of depth

cartoon

Full-scale preparatory drawing for a fresco or mural.

sfumato

Painting technique in which contours are enveloped in a suggestive, smoke-like haze

spandrels

the roughly triangular space enclosed by the curves of adjacent arches and a horizontal member connecting their vertexes

lunettes

A semi-circular wall area, framed by an arch over a door or window. Can be either plain or decorated.

cornice

a molding at the corner between the ceiling and the top of a wall

pilasters

A flat, rectangular, vertical member projecting from a wall of which it forms a part. It usually has a base and a capital and is often fluted

architraves

In classical architecture, the lintel or lowest part of an entablature, sometimes called the epistyle.

loggia

a roofed arcade or gallery with open sides stretching along the front or side of a building

motif

a design that consists of recurring shapes or colors

tempera

pigment mixed with water-soluble glutinous materials such as size and egg yolk

predella

the painted or sculpted lower portion of an altarpiece that relates to the subjects of the upper portion

engravings

etching designs on a metal plate

moldings

a shaped or sculpted strip with varying contours and patterns. Used as decoration on architecture, furniture, frames, and other objects

cartouches

an oval around a name that magicaly protected it, used for high ranking people

cycles

series of paintings on a single allegorical subject

turrets

tower-shaped projections on a castle

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